Liberal Studies Masters Programs & Graduate Degrees
A masters in liberal studies offers a broad-based, interdisciplinary framework drawing primarily from the humanities and social sciences. Students can earn a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in this discipline.
Liberal arts graduate programs are not standardized. Each course of study offers different areas of study. Before applying, it is important to have a general sense of an area you would like to focus on so you can ensure the schools you’re considering offer relevant classes.
Liberal arts graduate programs were created to promote learning. Potential students ideally possess the following qualities:
- A love of reading
- A broad range of scholarly interests
- An affinity for holistic, systems-based thinking
- Motivation to create an independent track of study
- Desire for an academic approach that’s not part of conventional master’s programs
Liberal Arts Graduate Degree and Curriculum
Liberal arts graduate programs are generally comprised of seminars introducing students to key themes and texts, a multitude of electives draw from various disciplines. Elective courses can be housed within the graduate program of liberal arts or in separate departments, creating opportunities for connecting with students and professors who have different affiliations. Classes tend to be small, offering space for discussion and sharing of ideas.
Depending upon the school, liberal arts graduate students may have the opportunity to design their own course of study by drawing from an extremely diverse range of course offerings. It’s important to note, students are expected to explore their academic specialization within the context of a broader culture. Completion of a degree usually requires a thesis or capstone project offering new research or a fresh interpretation of research that has been done in the past.
Liberal Arts graduate programs are
generally designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, but may offer part and full time schedule options to accommodate working students. Because these programs are so flexible and self-directed in nature, there are usually many opportunities for study abroad.
A bachelor’s degree, personal statement and letters of recommendation are usually required, in some cases GRE scores are not required, be sure to check with the admissions department of your chosen school for information on specific application requirements
Liberal Arts Career Paths
Liberal Arts graduate degrees can prepare an individual for a number of different careers. Those pursuing a graduate degree in liberal arts often become teachers or college professors. However, graduates may also find positions in a number of different industries; employment eligibility is often determined by an individual’s specific experience, talents, and area of expertise. Some liberal arts career options could include:
- Entry level management
- Design/ Graphic arts
- Newark, NJNewark, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Tilburg, NetherlandsTilburg, Netherlands
The Master's programme in Sociology at Tilburg University is well-known for its thorough research training, specifically in...
- Laredo, TXLaredo, TX
Texas A&M International University
- Toronto, PEToronto, PE
Institute for Christian Studies
The Institute for Christian Studies seeks to honour and proclaim Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of life and the Renewer of thought and learning. ICS carries out this mission by engaging in scholarship that reveals the religious roots of all learning and c...
- Flushing, NYFlushing, NY
Queens College - City University Of New York
- Portland, ORPortland, OR
The MALS is an interdisciplinary part- or full-time graduate program in the liberal arts and sciences.
Masters programs in: Cross-Cultural Communication, International Education, French, Filmmaking, Martial Arts...
- Chestnut Hill, MAChestnut Hill, MA
- Rochester, NYRochester, NY
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies allows learners to revisit the liberal arts in a way that integrates education with life.
- Christchurch, New ZealandChristchurch, New Zealand
University of Canterbury
History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) is a brand new interdisciplinary programme that helps form an important link between science (including engineering and medicine) and the humanities. HPS involves important forms of reflection on what the moder...
- Stockholm, SwedenStockholm, Sweden
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
- Leeds, United KingdomLeeds, United Kingdom
Leeds Metropolitan University
- Ames, IAAmes, IA
Iowa State University
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Program (IGS) offers flexibility in a nontraditional alternative to conventional graduate programs.
- Hiram, OHHiram, OH
Hiram College's Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a unique and innovative program with classes meeting every other Saturday, a schedule d...
- Union, NJUnion, NJ
- Linkoping, SwedenLinkoping, Sweden
- Sylvania, OHSylvania, OH
The MALS program connects and applies knowledge across humanities, fine arts, social science and natural science disciplines.
- Rohnert Park, CARohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University
This program makes available to exceptional students a flexible interdisciplinary graduate curriculum.
- Guangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
South China University of Technology
- Mobile, ALMobile, AL
Spring Hill College
The Master of Liberal Arts program offers an interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts to non-traditional students with varying undergraduate majors. It is designed to help its students achieve four major objectives: • An appreciation of their...
- Little Rock, ARLittle Rock, AR
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
University of Maryland University College
The interdisciplinary studies in management specialization in the Master of Science (MS) in management is intended for...
- Saratoga Springs, NYSaratoga Springs, NY
A uniquely flexible, customized interdisciplinary degree earned through part-time, self-paced study from anywhere in the world.
- Saratoga Springs, NY