M.A. On Campus

Liberal Studies

The City University of New York

12 months
855 USD/credit
855 USD/credit
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The M.A. in Liberal Studies from The City University of New York 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.

Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of all course work and submission of thesis or capstone project, all students must successfully pass a one-hour oral defense with their thesis/capstone committee. The chair of this committee and primary reader/adviser of the thesis/capstone is a faculty member in the field addressed by the thesis/capstone; the second reader of the thesis/capstone will usually be a program faculty adviser, but not necessarily in all cases.

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

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood and Childhood Education
  • Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences
  • English
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Languages and Literatures
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Middle and High School Education
  • Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Arts and Humanities
  • The Social Sciences
  • The Natural Sciences
  • Independent Reading
  • Master's Thesis Preparation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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36 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

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

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  • International

    855 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    855 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 12 months.


  • Full-time - $5,545/semester
  • Part-time - $470/credit

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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