The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program offers mature students with appropriate academic qualifications (minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA) the opportunity for interdisciplinary graduate work. Students who enter the program may pursue their study on a full-time or part-time basis.
The program is based on the assumption that technical competence and specialized training are best employed in combination with knowledge traditionally fostered by the liberal arts and sciences. Through core seminars, an individualized program of study, and the completion of a master’s project, students can explore major issues and synthesize knowledge from several disciplines.
Liberal Studies programs have attracted professionals who feel they need further study to investigate complex issues connected with their work or interests. Some teachers and librarians find such a course of study an alternative to graduate work in education or in another single discipline. Others see the program as an improvement over a self-directed study of reading or participation in a series of unrelated courses beyond the baccalaureate degree. By emphasizing the integration of knowledge in different disciplines, the MALS program offers a unique alternative to traditional graduate study.
Prior to submission of an application to the MALS program, all students are required to meet with a the Program’s Graduate Coordinator (207) 581-3222 at the Graduate School to assess their educational goals. Application deadlines are November 7 for the Spring semester and April 3 for Fall or Summer semester.
Students in the MALS program must complete:
- 6 to 9 semester hours of interdisciplinary MALS core seminar (LIB 500) credit
- 15 to 21 semester hours of additional graduate level credit approved by the student’s advisory committee to meet the individual student’s academic interests
- 3 to 6 semester hours of Master’s Project (LIB 699) credit developed from the student’s coursework and research.
Of the minimum 30 semester hours total credit required, at least 15 hours, not including the credit for the master’s project, must be in 500- and/or 600-level courses.
Concentrations within the Liberal Studies program are available in Disability Studies, Maine Studies, New Media, Women’s Studies, and Peace Studies.
Further information on the Liberal Studies program is available from the Graduate School.