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
- Miami, FLMiami, FL
University of St. Thomas
The 36-credit-hour Master in Liberal Arts (MLA) program at the University of St. Thomas is a customizable and flexible degree...
- Newark, NJNewark, NJ
New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Dallas, TXDallas, TX
Southern Methodist University
SMU's Master of Liberal Arts program allows adults to pursue classical learning in the liberal arts in a uniquely modern format.
- Lake Forest, ILLake Forest, IL
Lake Forest College
The Graduate Program in Liberal Studies program is designed for those who have completed a bachelor's degree and who want to enhance their ability to...
- Iowa City, IAIowa City, IA
University of Iowa
- Nashville, GANashville, GA
- Wichita, KSWichita, KS
Wichita State University
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Wichita State University is a graduate level program which allows students to pursue interdisciplinar...
California State University, Bakersfield
Offered completely online, the Master of Science: Administration (MSA) program is an outcomes-based, interdisciplinary program...
- Kalamazoo, MIKalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University
- Groningen, NetherlandsGroningen, Netherlands
University of Groningen
The general goal of the Master's Degree Programme /Philosophy: Knowledge and Knowledge Development/ is to train students to do philosophical research.
- Great Falls, MTGreat Falls, MT
University of Great Falls
- Savannah, GASavannah, GA
Savannah College of Art and Design
Students synthesize the strengths of design disciplines to holistically address large-scale challenges to the human condition.
- Calgary, ABCalgary, AB
University of Calgary
Previously known as the Resources and the Environment Program, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program can trace its founding back to 1968.
- Newark, DENewark, DE
University of Delaware
- Boise, IDBoise, ID
Boise State University
This program allows graduate students to design their own programs for a combination of courses selected from different academic disciplines.
Central Michigan University
- Moscow, IDMoscow, ID
University of Idaho
The objective of the graduate Interdisciplinary Studies degree is to provide a student with the opportunity to design a...
- Turlock, CATurlock, CA
California State University, Stanislaus
Master of Arts and Master of Sciences degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies are offered under the direction of the Director of the Graduate School.
- Reykjavik, IcelandReykjavik, Iceland
University of Iceland
- Wuhan, ChinaWuhan, China
- Sundsvall, SwedenSundsvall, Sweden
Mid Sweden University
- Medford, MAMedford, MA
Tufts University has launched the Water: Systems, Science, and Society (WSSS) Ph.D. and MS Program. The purpose of the WSSS program is to provide the multidisciplinary perspectives and tools to manage water related problems.Students participating in the...
- Lugano, SwitzerlandLugano, Switzerland
University of Lugano
This four-terms master offers an education that combines essential knowledge on the structure and the functioning (management, law and administration) of the main different types of institutions, with the knowledge on their specific internal and externa...
- 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...