What will I learn?

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.

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 to prepare students to conduct their pursuit of interdisciplinary knowledge and academic skills.

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

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
USD $11,550 per semester (12 plus credits)
Application deadline

15 December 2021

Start date

January 2022


School of Arts and Sciences


New York,

11568, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to the College is based on an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

For international students

To be considered for admission to the program, candidates must:

Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in the highest earned degree)

Priority application deadlines are: December 15 (for Spring semester admission); June 15 (for Fall semester admission).

English Proficiency: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - a minimum score of 550 on the paper version, 213 on the computer version or an 80 on the Internet version is required; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - a score of 6.5 (IELTS) is required; iTEP score - A score of 4.0 is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.