Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


While the SCS campus remains closed, on-campus classes will continue to be held remotely. These courses usually run during their regularly scheduled time and are held in synchronous sessions conducted via Zoom. Students should work with their academic advisors to develop course schedules that meet their academic and personal needs.

To earn the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, you must successfully complete 30 credits (24 credits from coursework and 6 credits from a master's thesis project), including:

4 foundational courses (12 credits total; all courses are required):

  • Science and Society—Learn the foundational elements and principles of the scientific method, as well as its relation to social and material impacts and policy.
  • Norms and Ethics—Examine basic methods and issues around moral and ethical concerns and enduring challenges of the human pursuit of the good life across cultures.
  • Social Sciences—Study key issues in areas including government, economics, sociology, history, American studies, anthropology, psychology, and political science.
  • Humanities—Explore basic methods and issues across various humanities disciplines (including theology, literature, performing arts, and more).

The goal of the core courses is to develop research methods that you can later apply to your master's thesis or portfolio project. We recommend that you take one core course each semester for the first four semesters of the program. The above sequence of courses is suggested but not required.

4 elective courses (12 credits total):

Choose from a number of diverse electives offered each semester. Most electives that you take should support your master's thesis project. For a current list of electives, visit the Course Schedule page.

Master's Thesis or portfolio project (6 credits total):

The final master's thesis or portfolio project will include two parts, which you will complete over two semesters: During the first semester, you will take a dedicated research/writing seminar (3 credits), and during the following semester, you’ll enroll in a 3-credit tutorial with a faculty mentor.

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule—you have up to seven years to complete the degree.

  • Part-time students typically take one to two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Full-time students, with program approval, typically take three courses during the fall and spring semesters and two courses during the summer semester.

Our classes are held on Georgetown University’s main campus, located at 37th and O Streets NW, Washington, D.C.


All programs offered by Georgetown University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.