Financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and part-time employment is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. For more information about financial aid go here. No financial aid is available for international students.
Most students in the program are between the ages of 25 and 35, though there are some students in their 40s and 50s. Many MALS students work in the field of education, and others come with backgrounds in business, healthcare, community organizing, criminal justice, journalism, art, and other fields.
Most students in the program have full-time jobs. For working students we recommend no more than 2 courses per semester. At that pace, the program can be completed in 2 1/2 to 3 years. Students who are not working may be able to manage 3 courses per semester and finish the program in 2 years.
Classes are scheduled with working students in mind. Most classes will meet one night a week starting at 6 pm. There are also some classes that meet in the late afternoon.
No tests are required. However, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.
The On-Campus MALS program was designed as a predominantly evening program for working adults in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. It is recommended for international students only if they have other reasons that bring them to this area. International students may enroll in the 100% Online program, which can be completed from anywhere in the world.
Graduate courses taken prior to enrolling in the MALS program may be transferred for credit in many cases. All courses proposed for transfer credit must be approved by the program director using this form. Professional training courses are generally not acceptable for transfer. A maximum of 3 courses (in which a student has received a grade of B or better) may be transferred for credit in the MALS program. Course taken outside of Rutgers-Camden after you have matriculated in the program are considered “transient credit” and must be approved as described here.
When you apply to the Masters Program in Liberal Studies, you will be asked to choose between the On Campus programs at Camden and at McGuire Air Force Base, and the Fully Online program.
The On-Campus program is intended for NJ residents who want the freedom to choose between traditional face-to-face MALS classes offered at Rutgers campuses and online classes. (On-Campus classes normally meet one evening per week.) Students who are enrolled in one of the On-Campus programs may still take as many online classes as they wish.
The Fully-Online Program is intended for non-NJ residents who are not intending to take any classes at all on campus. Students in this program will be able to complete the entire MALS program through online classes.
If you are not planning to register for any classes in a particular semester, you still need to register for “Matriculation Continued” (56:606:800) in order to remain in good standing in the MALS program. The charge for this is less than $100.