Liberal Arts Master's Degree Programs

Read about liberal arts master's degree programs, including those available on-campus, online or in hybrid format. You can also find information on curricula and possible careers. Schools offering Liberal Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Makes Up a Master's in Liberal Arts Degree Program?

There are many schools offering master's degree programs in liberal arts. To be eligible for this degree, you must have at least a bachelor's degree. Generally, the master's program takes between two and five years to complete. You may be able to choose a concentration, such as creative arts, history, educational leadership, religion or gender studies. You will also take core courses, but not general education classes, as these are usually part of an undergraduate program.

Program StructureCore courses and possible concentration courses; two to five years to complete
Common CoursesSocial justice, ethics, history, literature and religion
Online AvailabilityFull or partial coursework online; in-person internship may be required
Career OptionsHistorian, business manager, art director, author or artist
Job Outlook (2016-2026)6% growth (for historians)*
Median Salary (2018)$61,140 (for historians)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

In the online master's program in liberal arts, you will usually take major core courses, followed by courses for your concentration or emphasis. Typically, the core courses for liberal arts programs include arts and humanities, behavioral sciences and natural sciences. Some of the online courses could include:

  • The Modern Age
  • Changing world ethics
  • Religion's influence on politics and society
  • Social justice
  • History
  • Wine: Science and romance
  • Literature
  • AIDS/HIV's effect on society
  • Communicating cross-culturally

The courses you take for your concentration will vary depending on which you choose.

How Do Online Programs Work?

Although there are several master's degree programs in liberal arts available online, some may not be available entirely online. Many schools have distance learning and in-person components, such as residencies, campus visits or internships. Many of the courses are interactive and provide opportunities for students to interact online and on-campus. You can discuss issues with your instructor through chat or discussion forums.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

A degree program in liberal arts provides you with a background in a wide variety of fields, which can lead to any number of career opportunities. Generally, you will pursue a career in the concentration you select, although that's not always the case. You have the opportunity to find a career you're passionate about and can excel in. Some possibilities could include working as an art director, historian, artist, author or business manager. With a master's degree in liberal arts, you could also pursue a doctorate, which could lead to additional career opportunities.

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