Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree

On-Campus Format

Embark on a values-based intellectual journey spanning art, literature, philosophy, history, politics, and international affairs.

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Georgetown University will continue with remote learning for all on-campus programs through December 2020.

Rooted in an interdisciplinary curriculum, Georgetown’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies offers an opportunity for students to attain career advancement, prepare for further graduate study, and experience an enriching education. You’ll have the opportunity to explore subjects such as art, literature, religion, history, politics, and international affairs.  

  • Number of Credits

    30 credits

  • Format


  • Tuition


  • Enrollment

    Full-time or part-time

  • Duration

    2 to 5 years

  • Semester of Entry

    Fall, spring, summer

Our program fosters inquiry, intellect, and curiosity through an emphasis on the exchange of ideas and perspectives. By taking a range of diverse courses, you’ll develop the research methods needed to conduct substantive studies of the humanities and sciences. You'll also study, analyze, and interpret compelling texts spanning historical, political, social, normative, scientific, religious, and cultural issues. From the Crusades and the U.S. Constitution to Chaucer and Shakespeare, our program offers a holistic view of the past, present, and future.

This section has testimonials from current students and alumni.

  • Headshot of Lauve H. Steenhuisen, Ph.D., Faculty

    What is the 'meaning of life'?—How often do you get a chance to engage this question for graduate credit? The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program reaches deeply into the larger questions inherent in society, literature, security issues, and religion. It's holistic, inter-connective, and inspiring. You are among elite peers with open engagement. I wish I'd had this master’s program in my life as a student.”

    Lauve H. Steenhuisen, Ph.D., Faculty Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Ideal for working professionals, our program is designed to fit your schedule. We offer options for full- or part-time participation and classes are held on weekday evenings, so you can earn your degree at a pace that suits your needs—without interrupting your career.

Our graduates are inquisitive, committed scholars eager to pursue intellectual advancement and leave their mark on the world. Upon completing the program, you'll have the critical interpretive, analytical, and communication skills that are not only sought after by a wide variety of employers, but also vital to a “life well-lived.”

*Tuition for the Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 terms will be available in early 2021.