24 months
820 USD/credit 12300 USD/year
820 USD/credit 12300 USD/year
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In the Liberal Studies program at Villanova University, students are free to investigate what truly interests them by tracing their own path through the disciplines. Working with faculty mentors, they develop an individualized curriculum that combines foundational LST courses with other graduate courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Did you know?

Within the Liberal Studies program at Villanova University students can pursue graduate certificates in American Studies, Ancient Worlds, Great Books and Peace and Justice Studies.


The M.A. in Liberal Studies requires 30 credits or 10 three-credit courses, consisting of the following:

  • two (2) Foundation courses (LST 7101 and 7102)
  • seven (7) courses chosen either from the Liberal Studies course offerings or from graduate courses in other departments
  • the Directed Readings capstone course (3 credits)
  • the Qualifying Portfolio (see below for descriptions of the Directed Readings and the Qualifying Portfolio)

LST students begin the program with two foundational courses, one ancient and one modern. The LST Foundation courses (Ancient and Modern) serve to give incoming LST students a broad background in some of the key texts and ideas of world civilization. In addition, they provide the LST students with an introduction to the skills and expectations which are consistent with graduate level work in the humanities and social sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Memoir Writing

  • American Women and Medicine
  • Spiritual Autobiography
  • Cultural Uses of Horror
  • Religion and American Culture
  • God and Philosophy:  The Guide of the Perplexed (Maimonides)
  • Society and Self in an Age of Technology
  • Humanity, Nature, and Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form
  • Transcripts
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals/interests in liberal studies
  • $50 non-refundable application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 820 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    12300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 820 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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