24 months
855 USD/credit 12825 USD/year
855 USD/credit 12825 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at The City University of New York is designed to provide students the opportunity to study modern Western society, culture, and thought through an intensive interdisciplinary examination of their origins and through comparison with other societies and cultures. 


The Liberal Studies curriculum at The City University of New York provides students with an integrated, sequential exploration of central works and topics in the liberal arts. The major focus is on the social sciences and humanities with attention paid to the development and impact of scientific thought and technological developments.

Learning outcomes

Consisting of 30 credits and structured to facilitate the completion of all coursework in two years, students are required to take two courses in the Liberal Studies sequence during each of four semesters. In addition they are encouraged to enroll in one elective course during a summer term and one during their fourth semester in the program.


The program holds full membership in and is accredited by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Roots of Modern Culture 
  • Roots of Modern Society
  • Modern Culture
  • Interaction of Western and Non-Western Societies
  • Ancient Roots of Modern Thought
  • Thesis Research and Writing Preparation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission. Students with other bachelor’s degrees and/or with cumulative averages of less than 3.0 may be considered following an interview with the program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.
  • Transcripts
  • $75.00 non-refundable application fee
  • English Proficiency Examination

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12825 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    12825 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • Local students: $5,545 / semester

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

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


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