Liberal Studies

SUNY/Empire State College

M.A. Online
23100 USD/year
13570 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


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.


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

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11550 USD per semester and a duration of  .
  • National

    13570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6785 USD per semester and a duration of  .


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.

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!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Liberal Studies
SUNY/Empire State College