24 months
2260 USD/credit 33900 USD/year
2260 USD/credit 33900 USD/year
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The 30-credit MA in Liberal Studies from The New School  offers practical writing tools and guided in-depth study in cross-disciplinary courses taught by renowned faculty, who share the values of rigorous critical inquiry and thoughtful expression.

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Through the Liberal Studies program, you will critically explore and intensively examine the core issues of our time.

The program

Every MA in Liberal Studies from The New School has core courses that will ground you in the history of ideas and in the practice of sustained writing, while you develop an intellectual peer community. From there, you can branch out, taking advantage of the rich offerings and distinguished faculty of The New School. Work with both a faculty advisor and a student advisor to create a robust pathway tailored to your individual needs and academic ambitions. We offer a rich selection of courses with world-class professors who can extend your command of critical theory, the history of ideas, aesthetics, philosophy, politics, anthropology, media theory - wherever your curiosity takes you. Courses are available in both the daytime and the evening to fit into even the busiest schedule.

At the heart of the program are two core courses. The first - The Making of the Modern World - considers the origins and fate of modern societies as understood by key thinkers who have explained and championed modern social developments, as well as those who have harbored grave anxieties about the shape of modern life. We cover significant currents in the arts, social history, cultural theory, literature, politics, and philosophy. Our second core course - the Master's Critical Writing Seminar - helps students work on nonfiction writing and criticism, so that they can better express their own views with clarity and force. Students often use this course to write the required MA thesis, exploring a topic of their choice in-depth and producing a substantive and polished work of prose.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literature, the Arts, and Aesthetics
  • Intellectual History and Modern Thought
  • Criticism and Publishing
  • Media and Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • MA, MS, and Graduate Certificate Applicants:
  • Full Fellowship Deadline: January 7
  • Second Deadline: May 5
  • Final Deadline: August 1
  • Non-degree and Readmit Deadline: August 1


  • MA, MS, and Graduate Certificate Applicants Only:
  • Priority Deadline: November 1; rolling after that date
  • Non-degree and Readmit Deadline: November 1


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Our programs welcome applicants from all walks of life, from recent college graduates to graduate students, working professionals to career changers. We engage in a holistic review of each application.
  • Complete Application
  • Submit Your Application Fee
  • Submit Required Essays
  • Submit Your Résumé or CV
  • Submit Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Submit Official Transcripts
  • Our Mailing Address
  • Submit an Academic Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2260 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    33900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2260 USD per credit during 24 months.

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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