12 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Liberal Studies program of University at Albany is an exciting interdisciplinary MA program that allows students to design their own degrees, taking classes across all departments in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The program focuses on issues in contemporary cultural theory in a global context. 


The program is open and flexible, and is mainly designed for students working in contemporary social thought, but it allows students to work across a variety of areas, from literary and cultural studies to philosophy and political theory. It is especially designed for students with strong academic backgrounds who intend to pursue a Ph.D., but who wish to develop their knowledge and academic credentials in preparation for doctoral work. 

The programme

The Liberal Studies program of University at Albany has particular strength in English, History, Philosophy and Political Science, and allows students to work across these and other departments. It especially supports students who are interested in contemporary cultural theory and interdisciplinary areas such as American Studies, human rights, feminist theory, globalization, critical social thought, post-colonial studies, aesthetics and cultural production, and related areas of research.

The program is hospitable to foreign students who intend to pursue an American doctoral degree, but who wish to advance their knowledge and academic credentials before applying to doctoral programs. The program provides foreign students with intensive immersion in English, and with experience of the culture of the American university, which are expected to help foreign students improve their GRE and TOEFL scores. The current program includes strong students from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, some of whom have already moved successfully to doctoral programs on completing their degrees.

For all students pursuing advanced work in any of the participating departments, the program advances research skills, and develops the historical and theoretical background of students, while providing them with a thesis written in English, which will enhance future applications to doctoral study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Humanities
  • Topics in Social Sciences
  • Topics in Natural Sciences
  • Art
  • Electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts of all schools attended
  • 3 recommendations
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of Goals
  • Critical Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Albany

1010 - 1570 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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