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 Tokyo, The
The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Program at The University of Toledo seeks to provide an intellectually challenging and academically rigorous educa...
- 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...
- Omaha, NEOmaha, NE
Creighton's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, for those who believe that education is the work of a lifetime.
- 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.
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Interdisciplinary Studies is a two-year, 36-credit, individualized program of graduate study.
- 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...
- Vancouver, BCVancouver, BC
University of British Columbia
Interdepartmental and inter-faculty groupings are usually able to guide students in setting up disciplinary programs. Where no established degree program exists, a student may request admission into a special individual interdisciplinary program adminis...
- Kelowna, BC
- Berlin, GermanyBerlin, Germany
The Project Year (PY) at ECLA is an interdisciplinary humanities programme concentrating on history, literature and philosophy.
- 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...
- Tacoma, WATacoma, WA
University of Washington - Tacoma Campus
- Fairfax, VAFairfax, VA
George Mason University
This degree prepares you to effectively launch, manage & grow the next generation of social ventures and create systemic change.
- Fairfax, VA
- Seoul, KoreaSeoul, Korea
Ewha Womans University
The Graduate School of Social Welfare was established in March, 1993.
- Dunedin, New ZealandDunedin, New Zealand
University of Otago
- Haifa, IsraelHaifa, Israel
University of Haifa
Program acquainting students with major trends and topics related to the development of Germany and Europe after World War II.
- Saskatoon, SKSaskatoon, SK
University of Saskatchewan
- Athens, OHAthens, OH
- Stirling, United KingdomStirling, United Kingdom
University of Stirling
Gradute programs of one year (taught Masters degrees); Masters programs by research; research degrees. Programs open to graduate students with suitabl...
- Utica, NYUtica, NY
- Bowling Green, KYBowling Green, KY
Western Kentucky University
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Administration combines courses in research, business, economics, psychology, communication, environmental law...