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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program enables individuals to pursue interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level. Courses provide participants the opportunity to extend the best experiences of baccalaureate liberal education to the graduate level.

Students admitted to the program will be encouraged to select one of the graduate certificate programs or informal focus areas listed below and will develop a program of study with the cooperation of the assigned adviser.

Please refer to the Program of Study Worksheets under "Program Resources" in the right-hand side bar for help in selecting courses for each of the informal focus areas and graduate certificate programs.

Alternatively, students with a strong interest in a different interdisciplinary area of study within the College of Arts and Sciences may submit a statement indicating interest in designing an individualized plan of study. In order to ensure that courses to support a proposed individualized plan of study are available at UMKC, students who want to pursue this option should suggest a list of courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences that could contribute to their desired area of study. Students wishing to pursue this option should contact the MALS adviser for assistance in developing this list of courses.

Student diplomas will list the degree as a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. The subject field of approved graduate certificates will be designated on a student transcript. Students pursuing informal focus areas with the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies will not have these subject designations on their transcript.

The end result of each participant's matriculation should be a challenging experience that samples the richness of literature, the fine arts, history and those principles of the social and natural sciences that affect our lives.


Contact Us:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110

phone: 816.235.6257

Program Resources

Program of Study Worksheets

These worksheets will help you plan courses for the informal focus areas and graduate certificates.

Bioethics (graduate certificate) [pdf]

Black Studies (graduate certificate) [pdf]

Gerontology (graduate certificate) [pdf]

GeroEthics (graduate certificate) [pdf]

Holocaust Studies (graduate certificate) [pdf]

Medieval and Early Modern Studies (graduate certificate) [pdf]

Individualized plan of study [pdf]

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