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Liberal Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (QS) , NY,
The M.A. in Liberal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary 36-credit degree program that allows students to design and pursue an individual course of study among several different departments at Lehman College. 


Students take a 12-credit core of Liberal Studies courses and 18 credits of graduate electives from various departments. The final requirement is to write a 6-credit master's thesis under the supervision of a faculty member, with the option of substituting a 3-credit capstone project and an additional elective.

The liberal studies program offers students the opportunity to design a course of study reflecting specific interest in a particular area of concentration. Students may take graduate courses as part of an individualized course of study, designed by the students themselves in consultation with a faculty committee, and suited to their own interests and professional needs. In some area of concentration, students should be prepared to meet basic foreign language requirements where appropriate. 

Students may choose any graduate course offered by the following departments: 

  • Anthropology

  • Art

  • Biological Sciences

  • Chemistry

  • English

  • Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences

  • History

  • Journalism, Communication, and Theatre

  • Languages and Literatures

  • Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Music

  • Physics and Astronomy

  • Political Science

  • Psychology

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Arts and Humanities
  • The Social Sciences
  • Introduction to the Liberal Arts

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average or its foreign equivalent from an accredited college or university. In exceptional cases student with a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average below 3.0 may apply by special petition.
  • Submission of an autobiographical letter.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of a tentative course list related to the area intended to be pursued as a concentration.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    10450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5225 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Non Residents : 805 $ per credit 

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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