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
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
The MA in Liberal Studies is centered in a tradition that acknowledges the dignity of thought and the passion for knowledge.
- Saskatoon, SKSaskatoon, SK
University of Saskatchewan
- London, ONLondon, ON
University of Western Ontario
- Ypsilanti, MIYpsilanti, MI
Eastern Michigan University
- Hamilton, New ZealandHamilton, New Zealand
University of Waikato, The
- Wollongong, AustraliaWollongong, Australia
University of Wollongong
Wollongong is a fast-growing, progressive university with an excellent international reputation for pure and applied research. It is at the leading edge in many fields, including telecommunications, the environment, advanced manufacturing and materials,...
- Middletown, CTMiddletown, CT
The Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) curriculum is academically rigorous and creatively intense, inspiring students to produce their best work in this intellectually vibrant community. SMALL CLASSES: Graduate seminars provide students with the persona...
- Cleveland, MSCleveland, MS
Delta State University
- Staten Island, NYStaten Island, NY
City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island
The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study modern Western Society, culture, and thought through an intensive interdisci...
- Petersburg, VAPetersburg, VA
Virginia State University
- Churchlands, AustraliaChurchlands, Australia
Edith Cowan University
- Berkeley, CABerkeley, CA
Graduate Theological Union
The programs in liturgical studies at the GTU seek to promote the study and understanding of Christian worship as it is lived and expressed through the churches' various traditions and cultures. It is built on the premise that worship is the heart of th...
- Richmond, VARichmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University
The Graduate School offers a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies that allows students to combine graduate coursework.
University of Tokyo, The
The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Program at The University of Toledo seeks to provide an intellectually challenging and academically rigorous educa...
- Cheney, WACheney, WA
Eastern Washington University
Quarterly admittance; interdisciplinary program proposal form; Contact Graduate Studies Office for further information...
- Madison, NJMadison, NJ
The Arts and Letters program stresses a classic well-rounded and broad-based liberal arts education at the graduate level.
- Tyler, TXTyler, TX
University of Texas At Tyler
- 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.
- Hoboken, NJHoboken, NJ
Stevens Institute of Technology
- 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.
- Stephenville, TXStephenville, TX
Tarleton State University
The Master of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies requires 36 semester hours of graduate study.
- Fresno, CAFresno, CA
Fresno Pacific University
The Individualized Master of Arts Program (IMAP) provides structure for masters level study in areas where the University has significant strengths bu...