The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree for students seeking an alternative to traditional graduate courses of study that focus on professional training in a single area. Instead, the 30-credit Liberal Studies program is designed for the life-long learner seeking intellectual development, personal enrichment and the benefits of an advanced education in the liberal arts and sciences. The program allows each degree candidate the opportunity to develop an individualized Plan of Study tailored to his or her own personal and/or professional goals. Through this Plan of Study, the student examines significant ideas and contemporary issues from the perspectives of the fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. It provides an integrative educational experience that promotes a deeper understanding of self, nature and society, and offers opportunities to sharpen critical thinking and communication skills.
The College at Brockport offers the ability to complete the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program fully online. While this entails no changes to the application/ admission processes, financial aid or graduation requirements, it is specially designed to meet the increasing demands for flexible and student-centered course offerings, leverage experiential learning, increase student engagement and to facilitate on-time degree completion.
Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university, and completion of the application for graduate admission. The application process is managed by the Graduate School, and application materials are available online. The application includes:
For more information about applying to this program, contact the Graduate School.
Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.
The degree requires students to earn a total of 30 graduate credits:
Note: specific seminar options might change from semester to semester depending on topicality, faculty interest, faculty availability etc. The seminar courses are offered online only. As of the publication of the catalog, the MALS program offers two seminar courses in each term per the following schedule:
Electives are selected through advisement and they must reflect a programmatic theme or focus that satisfies the degree candidate's goals. The following restrictions apply to the selection of these courses:
Student learning outcomes (SLOs) for Liberal Studies students must be understood in the context of a multidisciplinary program with no prescribed core of specific courses (although there is a core of prescribed disciplinary categories), considerable variation in courses making up each Liberal Studies candidate’s plan of study (POS), and each student’s differing personal and professional goals. Nevertheless, a number of SLOs are expected for all Liberal Studies candidates. These include: