Liberal Studies (Gender and Diversity Studies Concentration)

East Tennessee State University

24 months
27693 USD/year
9015 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Gender & Diversity Studies is a 34-credit hour graduate program that enables the interdisciplinary exploration of current and historical issues, trends, and theoretical paradigms related to gender.


Why Choose the MALS Gender and Diversity Studies Concentration?The interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to pursue coursework across the spectrum of disciplines represented in liberal, gender, and diversity studies, providing the flexibility to build a program of study that suits specific scholarly interests while remaining focused within a structured, integrative program.The MALS program is designed specifically with working students in mind. Core courses are held once a week in the evenings, and many elective courses are taught either in the evening or online.Pursuing a concentration in Gender and Diversity Studies at the master's level aids those students who wish to pursue further graduate and professional study in women's and gender studies or diversity studies in meeting admission requirements for Ph.D. or professional programs.Who would Benefit from a MALS Degree with a Concentration in Gender & Diversity Studies?

  • Anyone interested in gender, diversity, and social justice who wishes to continue education at the graduate level, especially those with undergraduate degrees in, for example, women's and gender studies, sociology, anthropology, literature, history, or cultural studies.
  • Professionals in the social-service and non-profit sectors who wish more fully to understand the diverse populations they serve and to address their clients' needs more equitably and effectively.
  • Students with a desire to develop the intellectual tools to assist their efforts to create a more just, tolerant, and equitable society.
  • Students seeking a competitive edge for employment in areas that require proficiency in gender and diversity issues, such as
  • human rights work
  • politics
  • social and policy planning
  • teaching and education
  • counseling
  • media and communications
  • public relations
  • community development
  • human resource management

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations in Liberal Studies
    • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study
    • Seminar in Liberal Studies
    • Seminar in Interdisciplinary Research
    • Social Concerns and Women's Health
    • Teaching in a Diverse Society
    • Media and the First Amendment
    • Gender and Language
    • Trauma and abuse in the family
    • Issues in African American History
    • Legal and ethical issues in Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


34 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
2.75 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A student applying to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program needs the following:
  • A baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A successful admissions interview.
  • A writing sample of four-five pages. In the writing sample, the applicant will elaborate on reasons for applying to the MALS program, on comprehension of liberal arts, and interdisciplinary, on relevant intellectual interests, and if an Archival Studies Concentration applicant, on the work of the archivist and the nature of the archive.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      27693 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 27693 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      9015 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9015 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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