Online Master of Liberal Studies
Are you interested in learning how interdisciplinary approaches boost society’s ability to solve complex and evolving problems? Do you have a variety of interests that span the humanities, arts and social sciences? If so, Arizona State University’s Master of Liberal Studies may be a perfect fit for you. The tangible skills and cultural context you’ll gain in this degree support an array of roles you can pursue across industries.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
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What is a master’s in liberal studies?
A Master of Liberal Arts is an advanced degree built for creative thinkers interested in embracing the interconnectedness of contemporary society. Whether you’re interested in literature, film and media, religion or politics, pursuing this degree allows you to learn about a range of topics related to your personal and professional interests.
In this degree, you’ll explore human ideas and values in a variety of contexts, including literary, political, religious, social and scientific. You’ll gain an understanding of how your interest areas shape the human experience. No matter the topics you choose, you’ll sharpen a set of transferable skills, such as:
- Analyzing the historico-cultural context of forms of expression, documentation and media.
- Applying creative and critical thinking skills to our changing society.
- Building an informed socio-cultural analysis to evaluate contemporary issues.
- Communicating complex ideas through research and creative narrative writing.
What makes the Master of Liberal Studies program unique?
Customization is what makes this program stand out. In the master’s in liberal studies, you’ll refine your creative and analytical skills before applying them to the topics you choose. You’ll also challenge your perspective of relevant topics by examining them through historical, global and cultural contexts.
With your academic advisor, you’ll design your course plan to maximize the number of topics you can learn about, focus on one or more topics that differ from your undergraduate degree and more. Your personal and professional goals are the foundation of your academic journey from enrollment to graduation.
Master’s in liberal studies classes
In this master’s in liberal studies program, you’ll self-select most of your courses. Requirements include three core courses and a two-semester culminating project. You’ll work hand-in-hand with your academic advisor to fulfill your remaining credits with electives that support your interests, ambitions and goals. Required courses include:
Advanced Liberal Studies and Worlds of Possibility
Communicating in Complex Cultural Environments
Exploring and Expressing Ideas
Design for Impact
Engage for Impact
The jobs a liberal studies master’s prepares you for
This master’s in liberal studies can complement roles in nearly all industries in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. While this degree doesn’t provide occupational training, you’ll graduate with an advanced, multidisciplinary skill set that employers look for in candidates. Possible career paths include, but aren’t limited to:
Master’s in liberal studies admission requirements
Applicants to the Master of Liberal Studies program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
Study at a globally recognized university
ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.
in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.
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of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.