12 months
30717 USD/year
30717 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The part-time Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Northwestern University cuts a wide swath through the humanities and soAGLSP logocial sciences, studying the work of some of the world’s most powerful thinkers.


As students explore a broad variety of subject matter, they enrich their understanding of social and cultural issues and improve their ability to analyze, write and complete research. MALS graduates at Northwestern University strengthen and refine the analytical, critical and communicative skills that are highly transferable to any number of professional contexts. Secondary school teachers gain a competitive edge by deepening their subject area knowledge. For other students, the program can clarify the next stage in career or in life or provide excellent preparation for further graduate study. Northwestern's MALS is a full member program of the The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. 

Program Goals

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies graduates benefit from an interdisciplinary program that:

  • Exposes students to Northwestern University’s distinguished and world class instructors.
  • Provides students with countless opportunities to engage with others who are passionate to learn more about vitally important social and cultural issues through history, religion, philosophy, art, literature and film.
  • Prepares students for the intellectual demands of professional life by enriching students’ understanding of a broad array of social and cultural issues while improving their ability to analyze, write and complete research.
  • Sharpens analytical and writing abilities, which can help prepare students for application to PhD programs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Cultural Analysis
  • Seminar in Liberal Studies
  • Six graduate-level courses in liberal studies, humanities and related social sciences; may be applied toward a specialization (four courses) in any of the following: American Studies, Chicago Studies, Digital Studies,1 History, Religious and Ethical Studies, or an individualized specialization

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 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
  • One sealed copy of official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities. 
  • Two letters of recommendation focusing on academic achievement and ability
  • Statement of purpose
  • A writing sample
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae

Tuition Fee

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    30717 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30717 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    30717 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30717 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Evanston

1100 - 1500 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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