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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program at the University of Southern Indiana provides a postgraduate credential for individuals who seek personal enrichment and whose careers would be enhanced by a formal course of graduate study, but who prefer an interdisciplinary approach.

Who should seek a MALS degree?

The program is a viable alternative for educators seeking professional development and for meeting state license renewal requirements. In sum, the program provides an opportunity for individuals from a variety of careers to acquire graduate-level skills and knowledge from the perspective of several academic disciplines. The program could be an appropriate step toward further degree work in doctoral interdisciplinary programs, as well as traditional doctorates that prefer interdisciplinary master's work.

It is an ideal program for students seeking a practical education who have a lively interest in intellectual and civic life, as well as personal growth, and enjoy serious discussions with other dedicated students searching for a practical yet meaningful education.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is a joint program of the College of Liberal Arts and the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education at USI. The interdisciplinary MALS program is housed in the Philosophy Department.


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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