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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies                                                                    


Clayton State University Master of Arts in Liberal Studies College of Arts & Sciences 2000 Clayton State Boulevard Morrow, GA 30260-0285 (678) 466-4744 (678) 466-4899 (fax)

Inquiries: Dr. Susan Copeland Professor of English 210-G Arts & Sciences Bldg (678) 466-4744

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Welcome to MALS!

We are delighted that you are interested in Clayton State University's first graduate degree program and are contemplating undertaking a new intellectual adventure with us. The program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is designed to meet the needs of persons who have completed the undergraduate degree and who have the ability and the desire to engage in advanced study, but for whom the traditional graduate curricula are too restrictive and specialized. Our faculty includes distinguished scholars in the humanities, arts, math and the social sciences, each knowledgeable about the special nature of this flexible, rigorous and individualized program. Thirty-six credit hours of graduate study are required for the degree, including six credit hours applied toward a thesis or a non-thesis option. Students in the program have access to a broad spectrum of course offerings in a variety of disciplines scheduled during days, evenings, and online.

The Philosophy Behind the Degree

The MALS degree, an interdisciplinary program that encourages innovative thought, promotes connections to others, and cultivates analytical reasoning skills, is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and is designed for many individuals—recent college graduates; professionals in the public and private sectors; current and prospective teachers; lawyers; state workers;  non-profit arts administrators; and private business owners—a diverse group of bright and intellectually curious students of varied interests, ages, and backgrounds who are motivated to learn and who wish to pursue learning with similarly motivated students and faculty members.

Through a challenging, structured liberal arts curriculum, this degree offers graduate students various opportunities:

  • to grow in their awareness of cultural tendencies
  • to cultivate their analytical and communication skills to reach their full potential
  • to develop and expand a commitment to others
  • to attain a liberal studies perspective on contemporary problems and opportunities
  • to broaden their general knowledge and satisfy their intellectual curiosity
  • to strengthen their capacity to think critically and creatively
  • to gain insights into the relationships between disciplines, ideas, and historical developments
  • to prepare for a range of career options and further study
  • to accumulate 18 hours of concentrated graduate coursework in English, History, Math, Philosophy,  or Liberal Arts

With the need for more advanced degrees in all sectors of American professional life, this degree program could not come at a better time in your educational and professional career.

The Popularity of the Degree

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is a relatively new concept in graduate education, but it actually rests squarely in the venerable tradition of liberal education. This graduate degree has become an increasingly popular degree. It is now offered by over a hundred universities nationwide, but Clayton State University is Georgia’s only public university to offer the MALS degree.

Accreditation & Affiliation

Clayton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Further information about SACSCOC accreditation can be found at Clayton State University is also an associate member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, a professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences for working adults.