Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Skidmore Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program
A customized MA degree earned through part-time, self-paced study 

Create Your Own Curriculum

Collaborating with a Skidmore Faculty Advisor, students create an individualized academic plan focused on their particular areas of interest and designed to achieve their specific objectives. Students complete their degree through 30 semester hours of independent studies, in-class courses at universities near their homes, supervised internships, and/or study abroad. Learn more about the program's flexible structure and personalized academic advising.

Work one-on-one with Distinguished Faculty

Students typically complete most of their coursework at a distance through individualized tutorials with Skidmore professors, faculty at other top-rated institutions, visual and performing artists, and independent scholars. Instructors and students often design courses together, and interact through various combinations of phone conferences, e-mail correspondence, on-line learning, and surface mail. Learn more about Faculty.

Start Strong

At the beginning of the program, students attend a week-long seminar that introduces them to graduate study in the Liberal Arts. Offered at Skidmore each January and July, the 3-credit seminar provides the opportunity to join a Skidmore professor and other MALS students in the focused study of an interdisciplinary topic. The introductory seminar is the only on-campus course requirement, and alumni describe the experience as one of the highlights of the program. [Apply Now]

Flexible Structure

30 Semester Hours earned through an individualized combination of courses selected from these options:

  • Independent Studies with Skidmore Faculty (optional distance or on-campus instruction)
  • Independent Studies with Faculty at other accredited institutions
  • On-line courses offered by approved, accredited graduate studies programs
  • In-class courses taken in an accredited graduate program (usually in the student's home region or at Skidmore College)
  • Approved prior graduate coursework
  • Supervised Internship
3 Semester Hours: One Week Introductory Seminar at Skidmore College
6 Semester Hours: In-class Courses taken in an accredited graduate program (usually in the student's home region or at Skidmore College)
15 Semester Hours: A combination of in-class courses, independent studies, internships, on-line courses, and approved prior graduate coursework
3 Semester Hours: Research and Methods Course (Independent Study)
3 Semester Hours: Final Project

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