Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies provides an avenue for life-long learning within a scholarly context which builds upon and extends the liberal arts tradition of the College. Multidisciplinary by design, this graduate level study offers adult learners a thematic exploration into social, scientific and humanistic dimensions of human experience as a framework for successful living in our increasingly interdependent world.
"The beauty of the MALS program is the emphasis that is placed the context within which a work of art (or literature) is created and what that brings to bear on the piece. This learning process and the level of understanding that it fosters are what makes the MALS program a perfect fit for me. I have grown to appreciate on-line learning, especially working one-on-one with caring and enthusiastic professors. I am enrolled in the MALS program for the best reason – because I want to be enrolled. It is the perfect program for individuals who love to learn for learning's sake." - Jeannine Estrada
Designed with the needs of the adult learner in mind, the Liberal Studies program offers a flexible approach to discovery and self-knowledge through coursework and independent study in a variety of subject areas. Students develop their critical thinking, communication, and research skills through a lively engagement with important ideas and informed class discussions. Courses explore four thematic areas: 1) Society and Culture; 2) Arts and Humanities; 3) Science, Technology and Environmental Studies; and 4) Religion, Philosophy and Moral Choice. Students pursue a comparative approach to themes and issues, explore disparate cultures and disciplines, and develop a greater understanding dimensions of the human condition.
In its dedication to a liberal arts education, Albertus Magnus College affirms its fidelity to the life of the mind and of the human spirit. The Albertus philosophy is that training in the liberal arts is an excellent preparation for a fulfilling life. Accordingly, this liberal arts program leads the student through an integrated study of the human person and of our human community in its various cultures and civilizations, and in its approaches to the natural environment. The program provides students with opportunities to think critically upon and to communicate clearly about certain interrelated themes as grounds for understanding our world.
- A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.8 on a 4.0 system*
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
- For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
- Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
- For online degrees, a Connecticut Driver’s License or DMV Photo ID
- For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
- Military, university and college transcripts
- Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
- Veteran’s Intent to Register form
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates
- A written essay of 500–600 words, double spaced, detailing the applicant’s professional interests, reasons for applying to the program, and educational expectations.
Albertus Magnus College will accept a maximum of 6 graduate hours from a regionally accredited institution toward satisfying the M.A. in Liberal Studies. Such credits must have been completed prior to entrance into the program and must satisfy degree requirements. Transfer credits must have been completed with a minimum grade 3.0 within the last five years. Transfer credits will be considered on an individual basis. Students must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the course(s) to be transferred. All requests to transfer credits must be completed prior to starting the program.
In order to qualify for graduation from the M.A. in Liberal Studies, all credits applied towards the master’s degree must be completed within six years from the time when a student begins the program. Six months prior to the anticipated date of commencement, the candidates for degrees must request in writing an official audit of credits and pay the degree completion fee. All degree requirements must have been completed by the last day of class in order for the student to participate in commencement.
Graduation with Honors
M.A. in Liberal Arts students way be eligible to graduate with honors who:
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 and above.
- Earn a grade of “A” in MB 660 Strategic Management Capstone
Program of Study (33 Credits)
The M.A. in Liberal Studies is awarded upon the successful completion of thirty-three graduate credits including LS 500, "Examining Culture and Civilization," (taken before the completion of 24 credits), LS 699 Final Project Proposal Writing Seminar and LS 700 Final Project. Each student must take at least one course (3 credits) in each of the following four thematic areas: 1) Society and Culture; 2) Arts and Humanities; 3) Science, Technology and Environmental Studies; and 4) Religion, Philosophy and Moral Choice. This requirement can be waived with the approval of the program director.
After completion of a total of ten classes (30 credits), students design their own Final Project, which may be a creative work, a traditional thesis or a combination of both. Some recent Final Projects have explored the nature of art and mysticism, offered poetic and musical compositions, and interpreted Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Students work on their Final Projects under the supervision of two selected faculty readers.