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Lehman College

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

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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

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Information Sessions

The Office of Graduate Admissions hosts regular, program-specific information sessions for many of our graduate programs. Our Graduate Information Sessions are designed to highlight the benefits and value of a Lehman College graduate degree and provide prospective applicants with an overview of our graduate programs. It is also an opportunity to meet with faculty and learn more about the application process, tuition costs, and transfer credits.


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

CLICK HERE for instructors and course syllabi

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. We are in the process of update the Graduate Bulletin to provide an accurate reflection of departments at Lehman from which MALS students can take electives. At present these are: Africana Studies;Anthropology; Art; Biological Sciences; Computer Scienc; Early Chilldhood and Childhood Education; Economics and Busines; English, Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences; Health Sciences; History; Languages and Literature; Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies; Mathematics; Middle and High School Education; Music, Multimedia, Theatre and Dance; Philosophy; Political Science, and Sociology.
  • 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

Spring 2020 Semester Application Deadline: April 15