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
- Tampa, FLTampa, FL
University of South Florida
The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program that offers students an opportunity to study the ideas and works that have shaped world culture.
- Chester, PAChester, PA
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MLS) program at Widener University provides an interdisciplinary and humanistic approach to an understanding of...
- Marylhurst, ORMarylhurst, OR
Developed with the working adult in mind, The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program is designed for individuals who are intereste...
- Halmstad, SwedenHalmstad, Sweden
- Richardson, TXRichardson, TX
University of Texas At Dallas
- Izmir, TurkeyIzmir, Turkey
Dokuz Eylul University
Quality is one of the most important words nowadays. Keeping this in mind our teaching staff tries to give the candidates up-to-date knowledge concern...
- 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...
University of Houston - Victoria
The UHV Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a unique program that combines multiple disciplines into one degree plan suited to your educational and career goals.
- Victoria, TX
Texas Christian University
The Master of Liberal Arts program is a multidisciplinary curriculum designed for individuals seeking to further their education in the general liberal arts. The M.L.A. degree is awarded upon successful completion of ten courses, four of which must be d...
- Fort Worth, TX
- Detroit, MIDetroit, MI
University of Detroit Mercy
- Sacramento, CASacramento, CA
California State University, Sacramento
- 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...
- Asheville, NCAsheville, NC
University of North Carolina at Asheville
The Master of Liberal Arts degree is a broadly interdisciplinary, part-time program designed for a wide spectrum of adults.
- Coral Gables, FLCoral Gables, FL
University of Miami
You honor the inner life. You have the deeper questions, need better answers. You want to read the books and talk about the ideas that shape our world. You have an inquiring mind, an experienced perspective, and a firm sense of purpose about learning. T...
- Denton, TXDenton, TX
University of North Texas
The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants to the master's program can pursue one of two approaches — either a self-styled plan or...
University of South Florida - St. Petersburg
The MLA in Liberal Studies offers two "build-your own" tracks.
- Charlotte, NCCharlotte, NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte