Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

A Holistic Approach to a Master's Degree

Georgetown University's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program takes a more holistic approach than other master's programs, providing you with the skills and experience that form the bedrock for advancement or change in any career.

Knowledge is ineffective without understanding, and that understanding is achieved only through interaction. Georgetown's program focuses on the exchange of dialogue, ideas, and perspectives that define humanity and continue to influence daily experiences.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies courses have roots in the past with an eye to the future. Throughout your time in the program, you will study the Crusades, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Thomas Jefferson, Gandhi, and the legacy of Greece and Rome. You will explore neuroethics, cyberethics and global bioethics. You will examine the pursuit of peace, religion, politics, existentialism, and the search for meaning. You will scrutinize globalization, the American labor movement, and the values and issues in international affairs. And as you read, discuss, analyze, write, debate, and share within this close-knit community of scholars, you will grow—intellectually, culturally, and professionally.

Georgetown’s rich Jesuit tradition informs the common thread throughout the curriculum. Rooted in the core value of cura personalis ("care for the whole person"), the program emphasizes a comprehensive educational approach that cultivates the body, mind, and spirit.

Who Should Apply?

Students in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program come from many walks of life. For some, their last time in a classroom was not long ago; for others, it has been many decades.

Courses are offered exclusively in the evenings and occasionally on Saturdays, attracting many working professionals from a wide variety of industries and occupations, including the federal government, private industry, associations, healthcare, education, and more. They are public health analysts, chiefs of staff, three-star generals, directors of communications, journalists, veterans, retirees, artists, attorneys, and authors.

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