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
- Irvine, CAIrvine, CA
University of California, Irvine
Graduate Students are engaged in a thorough program of study leading to professional excellence in mathematical research, or in an area of application.
- Villeneuve-D'Ascq, FranceVilleneuve-D'Ascq, France
Lille Graduate School of Management
- Columbus, OHColumbus, OH
Ohio Dominican University
Designed to make connections between the study of the liberal arts and the lifelong journey toward becoming fully human.
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- Marietta, OHMarietta, OH
- Moraga, CAMoraga, CA
St. Mary's College Of California
Designed for working adults with a love of learning, the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Saint Mary's College offers interdisciplinary study at on...
- Arkadelphia, ARArkadelphia, AR
Henderson State University
In order to earn the Master of Liberal Arts Degree you will be completing a 36-hour interdisciplinary course of study especially developed for those w...
- Nottingham, United KingdomNottingham, United Kingdom
University of Nottingham
The School of Critical Theory offers a taught Masters and research degrees covering the following critical approaches to literature, culture and society: Marxism, Frankfurt School, Structuralism, Poststructuralism and deconstruction, Postmodernism, Femi...
- Nottingham, United Kingdom
- Leiden, NetherlandsLeiden, Netherlands
This programme enables you to acquire a range of skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.
- Karlskrona, SwedenKarlskrona, Sweden
University of Karlskrona/Ronneby
- Buckingham, United KingdomBuckingham, United Kingdom
University of Buckingham
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
- Morrow, GAMorrow, GA
Clayton State University
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree- an interdisciplinary, evening program designed for a wide spectrum of individuals.
- Winter Park, FLWinter Park, FL
MLS is based on the premise that studying ideas of Western civilization increases intellectual awareness & self-fulfillment.
- Raleigh, NCRaleigh, NC
North Carolina State University
The purpose of this program is to offer the student theopportunity to undertake a broad, interdisciplinary program of graduate study that integrates a...
Institute of Global Education
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- Houston, TXHouston, TX
Houston Baptist University
Master of Liberal Arts programs offer challenging interdisciplinary study to adults who work toward a master's degree while maintaining their careers.
- Clinton, CTClinton, CT
Do you have a passion for gaining knowledge just for wisdom’s sake? Or do you envision yourself in a career where...
Thomas Edison State College
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is designed for working professionals looking to apply liberal arts to their career.
- Provo, UTProvo, UT
Brigham Young University
- South Orange, NJSouth Orange, NJ
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services prepares students for a multitude of teaching opportunities while offering knowledge and understanding in the foundations of education that enhance professional competency. The Graduate...
- Shreveport, LAShreveport, LA
Louisiana State University In Shreveport
A broadly based program of 33 semester hours, the Master of Liberal Arts offers the mature student a graduate program that is interdisciplinary in nat...
- Kansas City, MOKansas City, MO
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Twenty-four areas of study available. Student must be admitted to, and conduct doctoral level study/research in at le...