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
University of Maine
The University of Maine Graduate School offers a Maine Studies Interdisciplinary Master of Arts Degree within the Masters of...
- Berlin, GermanyBerlin, Germany
The Project Year (PY) at ECLA is an interdisciplinary humanities programme concentrating on history, literature and philosophy.
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Research-oriented M.A. program, specializing in both social scientific and humanistic approaches to media scholarship.
Excelsior College, a respected world leader in distance education, offers the online Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, a flexible and affordable degr...
- Cleveland, MSCleveland, MS
Delta State University
- Cheney, WACheney, WA
Eastern Washington University
Quarterly admittance; interdisciplinary program proposal form; Contact Graduate Studies Office for further information...
- 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
- North York, ONNorth York, ON
The MA program takes an interdisciplinary approach informed by various academic fields including law, anthropology, health studies, history, geography, economics, education, labour studies, political science, social work, sociology, identity politics, g...
- North York, ON
- Richmond, VARichmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University
The Graduate School offers a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies that allows students to combine graduate coursework.
- Hanover, NHHanover, NH
The Dartmouth Master of Arts in Liberal studies (M.A.L.S.) Program was designed for individuals who want to engage in self-directed study in the liber...
- Topeka, KSTopeka, KS
Washburn University Of Topeka
The Master of Liberal Studies program is designed to develop students who understand the integrated nature of learning through a combination of core i...
- Kelowna, BCKelowna, BC
University of British Columbia
UBC's Okanagan campus offers interdisciplinary graduate degrees across a wide range of program options from the humanities and creative arts to social and natural sciences. Interdisciplinary studies are thesis-based programs. Students may chose to compl...
- Vancouver, BC
- Fairfax, VAFairfax, VA
George Mason UniversityUpcoming Start Date: January 22, 2019
This degree prepares you to effectively launch, manage & grow the next generation of social ventures and create systemic change.
- Fairfax, VA
- 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...
- Hayward, CAHayward, CA
California State University, East Bay
The Master of Arts or Science in the Special Major program provides graduate students with an opportunity to work with faculty...
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Interdisciplinary Studies is a two-year, 36-credit, individualized program of graduate study.
- San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA
University of California - Berkeley
The program in Applied Science and Technology operates under the auspices of the College of Engineering's Interdisciplinary Studies Center. The program has three major areas of emphasis: applied physics, engineering science, and mathematical sciences.