The Online Advantage

Learn from anywhere, according to your own schedule

Balance your studies with other life commitments

Enjoy small class sizes and close online interactions with faculty and peers

Attend classes year-round, full or part-time

Choose from Fall, Spring, and Summer starting points


With You All The Way

Our trained Enrollment and Executive Coaches will help you through each step of the educational process, from exploring available programs to completing your degree and beyond. Learn more about Coaching here.

Application Deadline

The Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies has a rolling application deadline, but the sooner you apply, the better.

Why an MA in Liberal Studies?

  • Develop interdisciplinary perspectives using literary, historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods
  • Enhance your career with an advanced degree
  • Study with a variety of academic specialists about the central issues in their fields
  • Pursue an independent project on the topic of your choice
  • Join an enormous, active Rutgers alumni network

Admission Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Accredited bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts or previous academic work
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from former teachers or professors
  • Writing sample
  • Personal statement explaining interest in this program
  • A non-refundable application fee
  • TOEFL scores (for international applicants)

The Curriculum

Choose from a wide range of courses in the humanities (philosophy, history, literature, music, art, religion), social sciences (sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics), and more.