Master of Liberal Studies

At a Glance

Level | Graduate/Master's
Credits | Minimum of 30
Track | Self-designed, interdisciplinary

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Whether you want to advance in your current field or break into a new one, the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree can help you create rewarding opportunities by building on your existing experience and expertise.

The program starts with you: your interests, your goals. Working with an adviser, you’ll design a course plan in subject areas that truly excite and inspire you, all with an eye to enhancing your personal or professional trajectory.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

The MLS curriculum gets at the heart of liberal education by:

  • encouraging breadth of vision and knowledge
  • exploring complex ideas
  • communicating, integrating, and synthesizing information
  • transcending traditional disciplines

You’ll learn how to make connections across fields of study to solve a problem or tackle an issue, a marketable skill that translates well into any profession. Your degree might merge the humanities and health care, business and philosophy, or artistic expression and politics.

The MLS requires only a few common classes, so you can draw on a combination of courses to build an interdisciplinary program.

Learning Goals

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • improve critical and creative thinking in the context of interdisciplinary knowledge building
  • recognize how knowledge is constructed within selected disciplines, and apply methods from selected disciplines to the interdisciplinary study of a topic
  • make meaningful connections between practices, theories, and methods of selected disciplines
  • construct research-based arguments that demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to scholarly, professional, or creative practice
  • communicate fluently with diverse audiences across disciplines in writing and speech

Designed for Flexibility

Liberal Studies seminars and workshops are offered evenings, Saturdays, or online. Other courses of your choosing can be taken during the day or evening.

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