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
- Purchase, NYPurchase, NY
Manhattanville' s long tradition of excellence in the liberal arts assures high quality and variety of liberal arts courses.
- Westminster, MDWestminster, MD
McDaniel's Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program is an interdisciplinary graduate program for adults interested in crossing the boundaries of a traditional, career-oriented approach.
- Singapore, SingaporeSingapore, Singapore
Nanyang Technological University
- Montgomery, ALMontgomery, AL
Auburn University At Montgomery
The School of Liberal Arts offers a Master of Liberal Arts degree.
- Sylvania, OHSylvania, OH
The MALS program connects and applies knowledge across humanities, fine arts, social science and natural science disciplines.
- Rohnert Park, CARohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University
This program makes available to exceptional students a flexible interdisciplinary graduate curriculum.
- Ashland, ORAshland, OR
Southern Oregon University
Prospective students identify a major program of study and then select minor areas from other departments or programs...
University of Oklahoma
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
University of Saint Thomas (TX)
The University's Master in Liberal Arts is a post-baccalaureate program designed to supplement and enrich a student's previous education in the libera...
- Stephenville, TXStephenville, TX
Tarleton State University
The Master of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies requires 36 semester hours of graduate study.
- Linkoping, SwedenLinkoping, Sweden
- 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.
- Rochester, MIRochester, MI
The program is in harmony with the goals of a liberal education:...
- Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
California State University, Bakersfield
Offered completely online, the Master of Science: Administration (MSA) program is an outcomes-based, interdisciplinary program...
- Union, NJUnion, NJ
- Kalmar, SwedenKalmar, Sweden
- Fulda, GermanyFulda, Germany
Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences
- Pleasant Hill, CAPleasant Hill, CA
John F Kennedy University
Courses in new physics, environmental sustainability, and neurophilosophy provide a new scientific paradigm.