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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

With over three decades of success, Lehman College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies has a long tradition of serving adult students, offering flexible, innovative, customized, accelerated and affordable undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With flexibility as a guiding principle, these special features have helped thousands of professional adults complete their degrees, begin new careers, advance in their current fields and achieve self-fulfillment.

The new M.A. in Liberal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary 36-credit degree program that allows students to design and pursue an individualized course of study among several different departments at Lehman College. 

Students take a 12-credit core of Liberal Studies courses and 18 credits of graduate electives from various departments. The final requirement is to write a Master's thesis or capstone project under the supervision of a faculty adviser (students who choose the second option must take an additional three credit elective).

CLICK HERE for a full description from the Graduate Bulletin or see below for a quick overview

Administrative director: Pamela Hinden (click here for contact information and office hours)
Academic director: Timothy Alborn. Office hours (fall 2016): Thursdays, 2-3pm and 5-6pm and by appointment. Email address:


Total: 36 credits - Core Courses (12 credits):

Electives (18 credits) to be chosen by the student and adviser

  • 6 credits out of the 18 credits of electives can be earned through PLA

Credits for Prior Learning

  • PLA credits are earned through volunteering, employment, or U.S. military service

Thesis or capstone project (6 credits)

  • MLS 797 Master's Thesis Preparati
  • MLS 796 Capstone project (student who choose this route must take an additional 3-credit elective)


  • New York state residents: full-time matriculation $4,105 per semester; part-time matriculation $345 per credit (not including fees)

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with at least 3.0 GPA (grade point average) or its foreign equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • In exceptional cases student with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may apply by special petition.
  • Submission of an autobiographical letter
  • Submission of a tentative course list related to the area intended to be pursued as a concentration
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee: $125

Fall 2017 Semester Application Deadline: June 1st, 2017