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Liberal Studies

Rutgers University

12 months
29952 USD/year
29952 USD/year
18168 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Liberal Studies program of Rutgers University established in 1994, is a cross-disciplinary, 30 credit program leading to a Masters of Arts Degree and offering a broad range of courses in literature, history, philosophy, religion, social sciences, and the arts.


The Liberal Studies program of Rutgers University it is intended to provide students with the kind of intellectual stimulation that comes from working with a highly qualified faculty of expert scholars in a variety of disciplines, and with fellow students from diverse backgrounds.

Is the MALS Program for you?

  • If you love to read…
  • If you have multiple intellectual interests…
  • If you would like to broaden your intellectual horizons…
  • If you need a master’s degree to advance your position or increase your salary…
  • If you wish to add intellectual spice to your retirement…
  • If you wish to explore ideas in a serious and systematic way…

Liberal Studies may be just what you are looking for.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Courses in at least three different academic disciplines
  • At least two courses (6 credits) in humanities (art, history, literature, philosophy, religion, etc.)
  • At least two courses (6 credits) in social sciences (anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology, criminal justice, etc.)
  • One course on either non-western cultures or issues pertaining to gender and/or minorities 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An official transcript. (3.0 GPA preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or other people who can comment on your intellectual abilities and academic skills. Recommendations from employers, friends, or relatives are not as useful.  If you have been out of school for a long time and are no longer in touch with former professors for recommendations, please contact the program director for alternatives.
  • A writing sample. An undergraduate research paper is ideal, or something that shows your ability to do academic writing.
  • A personal statement. Explain why you are applying to the program, what your intellectual interests are, and what you hope to gain from participating.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14976 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    29952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14976 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9084 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Camden

832 - 2048 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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