Doctor of Liberal Studies

Doctor of Liberal Studies

On-Campus Format

Cultivate skills in perception, analysis, communication, and creative thinking through an interdisciplinary curriculum rooted in human values and ethics.

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Georgetown’s Doctor of Liberal Studies immerses you at the intersection of multiple disciplines. You’ll explore philosophical, cultural, political, international, and current social concepts in a global context to develop a broader perspective of the complexities facing the modern world.

You’ll have the opportunity to design your own program, benefiting from Georgetown’s extensive collections of research and scholarly work to guide you as you develop your doctoral thesis. Throughout your time in the program, you’ll learn how to synthesize your existing knowledge in new and innovative ways while mastering skills in perception, analysis, communication, and creative thinking.

  • Number of Credits

    36 credits

  • Format

    On-campus

  • Tuition

    $56,584*

  • Enrollment

    Full-time or part-time

  • Duration

    5 to 7 years

  • Semester of Entry

    Fall

Built on a foundation of ethics and values, our program provides you with the comprehensive tools needed to achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Unlike Ph.D. programs, the goal of Georgetown’s degree is not primarily research and the production of new knowledge; instead, our program encourages you to frame issues in ways that cut across traditional disciplines.

Ideal for working professionals, our program is designed to fit your schedule. We offer courses exclusively on weekday evenings and on occasional Saturdays, so you can earn your degree at a pace that suits your needs—without interrupting your career. No GMAT or GRE is required.

In the classroom, you’ll learn and grow alongside a cohort of like-minded peers. The small size of our program ensures that you’ll have ample opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with your classmates through reading, reflection, writing, and discussion. You’ll also benefit from a faculty of distinguished experts and scholars, who will serve as your advisors, mentors, and advocates throughout your time in the program.

Upon completing the degree, you’ll be armed with the tools needed to examine connections, dissect complexities, and pursue a life of curiosity and intellectual advancement.

*Tuition rates for each term are published annually, typically in February. Total tuition listed here reflects Fall semester of entry.