Department: Individualized Study Programs

The M.A. in Liberal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary 36-credit degree program that offers students the opportunity to design a course of study focusing on a specific issue that relates to their personal or career goals. Students take graduate courses as part of an individualized course of study, designed by the students themselves in consultation with an advisor, and suited to their own interests and professional needs. Students take a 12-credit core of Liberal Studies courses and 18-21 credits of graduate electives in various disciplines, including Sociology, Latin American Studies, Africana Studies, Health Sciences, English, History, and Education. The final requirement is to write a capstone or master's thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. MALS provides writing, research and critical thinking skills that are valuable in most management and entrepreneurial positions.