Please note: Beginning in the Fall 2019 Term, the 36-credit degree plan will no longer be available. More information on this and other curricular updates will be announced in the spring of 2019.

To earn a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, you must successfully complete one of the below degree plans, 30 credits or 36 credits:

30-Credit Degree Plan:

  • 2 foundation courses (6 credits total)
  • 1+ academic writing workshop (0 credits)
  • 7 elective courses (21 credits total)
  • 1 thesis (3 credits)

36-Credit Degree Plan:

  • 2 foundation courses (6 credits total)
  • 1+ academic writing workshop (0 credits)
  • 10 electives (30 credits)

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.


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