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
- Seoul, KoreaSeoul, Korea
Ewha Womans University
The Graduate School of Social Welfare was established in March, 1993.
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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
Excelsior College, a respected world leader in distance education, offers the online Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, a flexible and affordable degr...
- 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...
- London, ONLondon, ON
University of Western Ontario
- 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
- 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...
- 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
- San Antonio, TXSan Antonio, TX
University of The Incarnate Word
- Boston, MABoston, MA
Our Gender/Cultural Studies (GCS) program examines constructions of gender, race, class and nation in the United States and across the globe. We foster a supportive, stimulating environment with small classes, faculty mentors and a flexible curriculum...
- Boston, MA
- Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia
Interdisciplinary combination of programs, expanding your existing skills and knowledge in professionally relevant areas.
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
Union Institute and University
- Sacramento, CA
- North Miami Beach, FL
- Brattleboro, VT
- Cincinnati, OH
- Nijmegen, NetherlandsNijmegen, Netherlands
This Master's programme provides you with a thorough training in empirical research in the context of contemporary society...