Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies Program Overview

The Masters of the Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), established in 1994, is a cross-disciplinary, 30 credit program leading to a Masters of Arts Degree and offering a broad range of courses in literature, history, philosophy, religion, social sciences, and the arts. It is intended to provide students with the kind of intellectual stimulation that comes from working with a highly qualified faculty of expert scholars in a variety of disciplines, and with fellow students from diverse backgrounds.

Is the MALS Program for you?

  • If you love to read…
  • If you have multiple intellectual interests…
  • If you would like to broaden your intellectual horizons…
  • If you need a master’s degree to advance your position or increase your salary…
  • If you wish to add intellectual spice to your retirement…
  • If you wish to explore ideas in a serious and systematic way…

Liberal Studies may be just what you are looking for.

Online or Campus Options

The program is designed for mature students with varied work and life experiences.   MALS students come from all over the United States, as well as from a number of countries outside the U.S.  The majority of MALS students complete the program with online courses specially designed for MALS students.  All MALS classes are kept small to encourage the in-depth exploration of ideas.

Students who live near the Rutgers-Camden campus also have the option of taking traditional campus graduate classes offered by various graduate programs on campus such as English, History, Childhood Studies, Criminal Justice, and Public Policy.  Campus classes meet at convenient times, either in the late afternoon or early evening, in order to accommodate returning students who work.   It is also possible to mix online and campus classes, as well as to take a limited number of classes at other Rutgers campuses.

MALS graduates have gone on to prestigious Ph.D. programs and enhanced or new careers.


Our Online Program Recognition and Awards

The Masters of the Arts in Liberal Studies Online program has been rated among the top programs in the country!  

#1 out of 20

“Best Online Masters in Liberal Arts Degree Programs”

Rutgers University voted one of the Best Online Masters In Liberal Arts by
#4 out of 10
Voted as on of the Best Online Master's in Liberal Arts by 2019 BestColleges
#4 out of 10
Rutgers University Placed in Top 50 Best Online Master's in Liberal Studies by 2018 Master's Programs Guide
#10 out of 50



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#3 out of 10


Best Online Master’s in Liberal Arts Degree Programs of 2024 Badge#4 out of 25

#14 out of 20

Top 10 Master’s in Philosophy Degree Programs Online for 2020

#28 out of 30