University of Southern Indiana
Liberal studies graduate students

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree that takes an interdisciplinary approach, focuses on developing key skills for understanding the modern world, and enhances your knowledge of yourself, your community, and the world, then the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is for you!

MALS students can take specialized courses in Liberal Studies to explore historical and contemporary issues and topics using an interdisciplinary approach; in addition, they can take courses from other graduate programs at USI to focus on specific topics, skills, and issues. Coursework is linked through an emphasis on key skills that are broadly applicable:

  • Effective communication to connect with a variety of audiences in a variety of media in a variety of contexts.
  • Information Literacy to identify the need for information, locate reliable sources, and validate information and evidence applicable to specialized and broad-based topics.
  • Quantitative literacy to understand and communicate information with numbers - that is, the ability to use numbers to tell a story.
  • Cultural Awareness to understand of the impact of different cultural perspectives in a variety of situations or settings.

The MALS includes online, traditional, and hybrid courses, that is flexible enough to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. Contact our office today to learn more!


The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the University of Southern Indiana is a full member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

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