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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is a 30-credit, multidisciplinary degree for students seeking an alternative to traditional graduate courses of study that focus on professional training in a single area. The MALS program allows students to organize a program that is both personally interesting and professionally relevant. The program seeks to "liberate" in the classic sense of that term.

What makes the MALS program special? Students are able to pick and choose their courses from different disciplines to put together an individualized curriculum. Because of the flexible nature of the program, a MALS student is able to craft a Plan of Study that addresses the skills and knowledge areas related specifically to the requirements of the positions in which they are currently employed, or to meet the demands of future employment goals. By designing a course of study in this manner, MALS students benefit from 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 Brockport program focuses on significant ideas and contemporary issues from the perspectives of:

  • The Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social and Natural Sciences 

Our graduates go on to post-master's study as well as employment in fields such as education, human services, government, businesses involving sales, and positions requiring the interpersonal skills necessary for interacting with others.

Graduate Programs

MA in Liberal Studies
Teacher Certification

Program Highlights

The liberal studies program cultivates the kind of broad vision that focused professional programs do not. While the program is not designed to train, provide skills and expertise in, or otherwise satisfy the professional requirements of any narrow area of study related to a particular position in the world of work, our program helps you to:

  • Learn more about yourself and the world
  • Explore new areas of knowledge and ways of thinking
  • Discover the unexpected
  • Share new perspectives

Graduates of the program will be prepared for a variety of employment options. And, they are valuable assets for employers who seek creative and inquisitive minds, an appreciation for and ability to apply different methodologies to problem solving, an understanding of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of knowledge, effective communication skills, and familiarity with diverse culture and thought. 

These attributes are fostered through a liberal arts education, and even more so through a graduate education in Liberal Studies at The College at Brockport.

Contact Us

For Program Advisement:

Dr Kulathur Rajasethupathy
Professor and Director of MALS

The College at Brockport 
350 New Campus Drive 
Brockport, NY 14420

(585) 395-5760

For Application and Admissions Procedures:

The Graduate School

The College at Brockport
350 News Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

(585) 395-2525


Last Updated 1/28/16