Liberal Studies

Online Master's Degree from an Accredited Leader in Distance Learning


Excelsior College designed its online Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program for busy working adults.

One of the first fully online liberal studies master's degree programs in the country, Excelsior allows you to fit graduate school into a schedule that's already packed with work and family responsibilities.

You'll take all your classes online, where and when it's convenient for you. But you'll also get superior academic quality, along with the one-on-one faculty mentoring you'd expect from a traditional graduate school. And you'll benefit from:

  • Generous transfer policies. Get a head start on your liberal arts master's degree by transferring up to 15 credits (nearly half the total required for graduation) from other accredited graduate schools.
  • Affordable tuition. Because we're fully online, Excelsior carries lower overhead and passes the savings on to students. Visit our fees and tuition page to see just how much you can save.
  • First-rate student support. The academic advising team at Excelsior has won national awards. You'll get personalized attention from advisors who know you by name.
  • A customizable degree program. You'll choose your own focus in Excelsior's liberal studies master's degree program, developing deep expertise in a subject that fascinates you.

Advance Your Career with a Liberal Arts Master's Degree

Excelsior is one of the few fully online colleges to hold membership in the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies, alongside universities such as Dartmouth, Stanford, and Duke. We also are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation programs and specialized accreditations on our Accreditation page.)

As a student in Excelsior's liberal arts master's degree program, you'll work closely with first-rate faculty who are affiliated with leading institutions all over the world. You'll have the luxury of exploring a topic that fascinates you, while cultivating marketable skills such as:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Advanced writing and communication
  • Research
  • Interdisciplinary synthesis
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Problem-solving and decision-making

Boost your career opportunities and earning potential with a liberal arts master's degree from a national leader.

The student who completes the program would be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the integration and application of knowledge in two or more liberal arts and science disciplines.
  2. Evaluate written or spoken hypotheses utilizing data and drawing on prior knowledge.
  3. Create connections between issues and their historical and/or social context.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences and knowledge of contributions from various cultures.
  5. Demonstrate critical and analytical thought in the examination of a range of issues by designing and implementing a substantive research investigation.

Three tiers totaling 33 credits.

  • Tier I- 12 credits of interdisciplinary course work to include MLS*500 Graduate Research and Writing.
  • Tier II - 12 credits of focused study in two or more disciplines to support thesis topic.
  • Tier III - 9 credits total to include MLS*697 Methodology* (3 credits) and MLS*900 Master's Thesis (6 credits, traditional, or creative).

This program accepts up to 15 of your previous earned graduate level credits. Certain conditions apply. Please consult the graduate admissions office for further details.  See the credit requirements in chart form.

*requirement can also be completed by MLS*703 Graduate Historiography or MLS*703 Literary Theory


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