Liberal Studies, M.A.

A personalized degree earned through self-directed study 

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies enables adult, working students to:

  • Enrich workplace credentials with graduate study that is tailored to meet specific areas of need and interest,
  • Access rigorous graduate education that is priced within the means of moderate-income, working residents of Long Island and New York, and
  • Enhance skills in fact-based analysis, in-depth research, critical understanding, ethical decision-making, digital literacy and public presentation.

Create Your Own Curriculum

Students create a customized academic plan, focused on their particular areas of interest, that is designed to achieve their specific objectives. Students complete the degree through 30 semester hours of in-class courses, independent studies, and/or internships.  With an emphasis on analysis, cultural sensitivity, ethical decision-making and community engagement, the program offers a creative approach to graduate study for students already working in, or simply having a passion for, teaching, culture and the arts, government, business, human service, and more.

Work Closely with Faculty

Students engage closely with their faculty advisors to structure a personalized course of study that enables them to pace their studies to meet their individual needs.  Whether through in-class discussion, phone conferences, email or other means, faculty teaching in the Old Westbury MALS are committed to helping students explore their interests and complete their studies.

Start Strong

All students participate in the MALS Core Seminar, which provides a foundation in cross-disciplinary analysis and methodology. Offered at Old Westbury each September, the seminar provides a strong foundation students will need to conduct their focused study of an interdisciplinary topic.

Flexible Structure

Students create their 30-credit degree through an individualized combination of courses developed in consultation with the Graduate Director and faculty advisor. 

  • 3 Semester Hours:  Core Seminar -- variable topics course
  • 21-24 Semester Hours:  A combination of in-class courses, independent studies, and online courses with thematic or disciplinary concentrations relevant to the students workplace needs
  • 3 or 6 Semester Hours: Capstone Thesis Project or Capstone Internship

Apply today!

Students will be admitted on a rolling basis with classes filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Visit the Graduate Admissions Admissions & Cost page for more information.