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Liberal Studies, M.A.

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The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from SUNY/Empire State College is designed for writers, scholars, educators, visual and performing artists,  activists, advocates, and lifelong learners  who, in collaboration with their academic advisor, want to  design  their own  graduate degree plan and unique final project.

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Are you  experienced, imaginative and creative? Are you an active learner who values an interdisciplinary sequence of studies focused on a central theme, concept or issue? Would you be interested in  incorporating an advanced certificate into your degree program and earn a second credential? Join us in the MALS program. Submit an admissions application during our Application Review period.

Liberal Studies from  SUNY/Empire State College is a 36-credit hour master’s degree incorporating online courses with several (usually 2-3) weekend Residencies.  The degree is a highly individualized program consisting of 12 3-credit courses. 

Your program begins with two courses that provide the tools you need to understand and adopt the perspectives of multiple disciplines. These are followed by a series of electives that you can design or select, culminating in a unique final project.

Programme Structure

    Courses included:
  • Seminar in Liberal Studies:
  • Models of Critical Inquiry
  • Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Literature Review
  • Methods of Inquiry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

Application Materials

  • A single integrative essay
  • Current resume'
  • Two recommendations, at least one from your current direct supervisor or appropriate alternative with the ability to discuss your career and professional goals and skills; a second letter may come from members of the faculty with whom you have worked or who know you well
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited colleges/universities attended: 
  • Non-refundable $50 application/orientation fee
  • Interview

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11550 USD/semester
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    6785 USD/semester
    Tuition Fee
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Funding

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