To earn a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, you must successfully complete one of two program tracks, 30 and 36 credits respectively:

30-Credit Degree Plan:

  • 2 foundation courses (6 credits total)
  • At least 1 academic writing workshop
  • 7 elective courses (21 credits total)
  • 1 thesis (3 credits)

36-Credit Degree Plan:

  • 2 foundation courses (6 credits total)
  • At least 1 academic writing workshop
  • 10 elective courses (30 credits total)

Both foundation courses must be completed within your first four to six courses of the program. The academic writing workshop should be taken within your first or second semester of study to ensure your scholarly writing is in line with the expectations of our faculty.

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.

Focus Areas

The interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies curriculum enables you to explore a wide breadth of subject areas without committing to a narrow concentration path. Working closely with an advisor, you’ll have the flexibility to design your own program, tailoring your studies to align with your interests and aspirations. Select from diverse focus areas that span centuries, geographic locations, cultures, philosophies, religions, political contexts, and more.

Potential focus areas include:

  • American Democracy
  • Classical Civilizations
  • Ethics
  • European Studies
  • Global/International Affairs
  • Humanities
  • Individualized Studies
  • Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Professions
  • Religious Studies
  • Social and Public Policy

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