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
- Dayton, INDayton, IN
University of Dayton
The University of Dayton offers over 50 disciplinary and cross-disciplinary advanced degree programs, making it easy for students to find the program...
- Springfield, ILSpringfield, IL
University of Illinois - Springfield
Rochester Institute of Technology
The professional studies program is specifically designed to assist professionals and students to create a customized plan of study comprised of two or three areas tailored to their educational or career objectives.
- Rochester, NY
- Rochester, NY
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
This program allows students to develop personalized interdisciplinary graduate programs that have a strong focus on the liberal arts. Prospective stu...
- Austin, TXAustin, TX
St. Edward's University
Design your own program, explore your passions and deepen your understanding of the human experience.
- Port Elizabeth, South AfricaPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
This exciting interdisciplinary programme integrates contributions from Sociology, Geography, Political Studies, Public Administration, and Organisati...
- 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...
- 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.
- Melbourne, FLMelbourne, FL
Florida Institute of Technology
The program is designed to increase the student’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise.
- Durham, NCDurham, NC
This is an interdisciplinary graduate program whose structure encourages students to develop an individual program of study with competence in a literary period and a topic of advanced research developed in accordance with their interests. Students stud...
- Durham, NC
- Durham, KS
- Roanoke, VARoanoke, VA
Designed for the working adult interested in career advancement or exploring new interests, this interdisciplinary curriculum is flexible and features fall, spring, and summer terms, full- or part-time, primarily evening classes with options for online...
- Roanoke, VA
- Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA
California State University, Long Beach
- Washington, DCWashington, DC
Johns Hopkins University
Established in 1962 the Johns Hopkins Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Program has gained national recognition for the quality of its teaching and the breadth of its course offerings.
- Baltimore, MD
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
Loyola University Maryland
Offers a contemporary approach to the examination of origins of western culture and the subsequent impact on Modern American.
- Montclair, NJMontclair, NJ
Montclair State University
Aquatic and Coastal Sciences represent the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water.
- Boston, MABoston, MA
The master of science is offered on a full- or part-time basis at our Boston campus, and on a part-time basis at our Mount Holyoke campus...
- Denver, CODenver, CO
University of Denver
The liberal arts education provides for meaning in our lives, celebrates the spirit of human creativity, and canvasses the breadth of great ideas, div...
- Wellington, New ZealandWellington, New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington
A one-year programme for graduates with a Bachelor degree with Honours or equivalent practical experience.
- 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.
- Evansville, INEvansville, IN
University of Southern Indiana
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies provides a postgraduate credential for individuals whose careers would be enhanced by a formal course of graduat...