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28 Master of Art Degrees in General Studies

The Master of Arts, or MA, is the first level of graduate study offered after one earns a bachelor’s degree. The MA is awarded upon completion of coursework and research in a subject within the social sciences or the humanities. What is an MA in General Studies? This degree program usually involves interdisciplinary studies in which students choose their own learning paths, in consultation w… Read more

The Master of Arts, or MA, is the first level of graduate study offered after one earns a bachelor’s degree. The MA is awarded upon completion of coursework and research in a subject within the social sciences or the humanities.

What is an MA in General Studies? This degree program usually involves interdisciplinary studies in which students choose their own learning paths, in consultation with academic advisors. The goal is to attain a comprehensive liberal arts education with coursework in rhetoric, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. Since students in this type of program are generally responsible for determining their own curriculums, they may study topics in science, literature, political science, art, history, philosophy or contemporary culture.

A student in an MA in General Studies program may gain strong critical thinking skills, which are valuable in academia and in any workplace. From working with professors and fellow students from various disciplines, they also learn to collaborate well with each other and hone in on effective communication.

The costs of an MA in General Studies can differ between educational institutions, based on the length of the program and where it is located. Potential students should contact the relevant advisors at the schools and programs that interest them. Degree programs may last between one and two years.

Career options are vast for graduates of these programs because of the broad nature of their studies. For those who pursue additional studies in a specialization or profession, many opportunities are available, including business leader, lawyer, educator and doctor. Those interested in academic careers can move on to doctoral studies to eventually attain positions as researchers, lecturers and professors.

The MA in General Studies is available at campus-based and online programs worldwide. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

The program focuses on logic and its applications in the philosophy of science, particularly in the foundations of mathematics, physics, linguistics, and the social sciences. ... +

The program focuses on logic and its applications in the philosophy of science, particularly in the foundations of mathematics, physics, linguistics, and the social sciences. Beyond a few core courses and a joint four-semester seminar series providing a common background to all students, we offer the following four thematic groups of courses: Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics, Foundations of Physics, Logic in Linguistics, and Models in the Social Sciences – the student has to choose 7 courses offered in these modules. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures – St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design
's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

During this two-year Master program, students from various disciplines learn how to provide meaning to the world outside of the studio. In an interdisciplinary learning enviro ... +

During this two-year Master program, students from various disciplines learn how to provide meaning to the world outside of the studio. In an interdisciplinary learning environment, students will explore how to take environmental, social, cultural and political factors as the basis for design processes. Through exposure to a variety of design methodologies and practices, students learn to iterate design concepts and are able to analyze, inform and shape their projects from concept to final project. Students learn to design with emerging technologies and creative software to create new perspectives and innovative forms of design and user experiences. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

This master programme offers courses in the philosophy and history of science, skills courses to improve your writing, and tutorials in which you work with experts on the phil ... +

This master programme offers courses in the philosophy and history of science, skills courses to improve your writing, and tutorials in which you work with experts on the philosophy of your discipline. Additionally, the programme will regularly organize colloquia with experts working on the intersection of the philosophy, science and humanities. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English (UK)
01 Sep 2022
01 Sep 2022
Campus
 

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The New School
New York, USA

Through the Liberal Studies program, you will critically explore and intensively examine the core issues of our time. The MA in Liberal Studies offers practical writing tools ... +

Through the Liberal Studies program, you will critically explore and intensively examine the core issues of our time. The MA in Liberal Studies offers practical writing tools and guided in-depth study in cross-disciplinary courses taught by renowned faculty, who share the values of rigorous critical inquiry and thoughtful expression. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Washington, USA

Cultivate a broad and deep understanding of the political, economic, historical, and cultural issues in contemporary Latin America with a master’s degree that will support a v ... +

Cultivate a broad and deep understanding of the political, economic, historical, and cultural issues in contemporary Latin America with a master’s degree that will support a variety of career paths. Our graduates are leaders who succeed in government, the private sector, and multinational & non-governmental organizations. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Lugano, Switzerland

The Master of Arts in interreligious dialogue: Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions, promoted by the Re.Te. Institute ("Religions and Theology") of the Lugano Faculty ... +

The Master of Arts in interreligious dialogue: Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions, promoted by the Re.Te. Institute ("Religions and Theology") of the Lugano Faculty of Theology, has been designed to provide extensive knowledge of the major world religions, explain their basic principles, their different structures, and their history. The Master’s course aims to teach its students to promote and develop a dialogue with members of other religions, precisely by gaining an appreciation of other religions and learning how to communicate and hold effective interaction. -
MA
Part-time
4 semesters
English
19 Sep 2022
01 Sep 2022
Online
 
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, USA

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is a flexible graduate program that allows you to design academic study around topics of interest to suit your career go ... +

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is a flexible graduate program that allows you to design academic study around topics of interest to suit your career goals. Through this program, you can combine courses from across the UT Dallas campus or delve into one or more concentration areas. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Campbellsville University Online
Campbellsville, USA

The online master’s of teaching middle grades from Campbellsville University was designed for those who wish to transition into a teaching career and already have a bachelor’s ... +

The online master’s of teaching middle grades from Campbellsville University was designed for those who wish to transition into a teaching career and already have a bachelor’s degree in Science. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 18 months
English
Aug 2022
Online
 
Zeppelin University
Friedrichshafen, Germany

As part of the interdisciplinary two-year master’s course, students can design their own curriculum based on their own research project, in keeping with “Liberal Education”. T ... +

As part of the interdisciplinary two-year master’s course, students can design their own curriculum based on their own research project, in keeping with “Liberal Education”. The master’s course offers an individual and goal-oriented course that can significantly shorten the desired doctorate afterwards. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
German
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

This two-year programme (or four years part-time) will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive Korean language study in order t ... +

This two-year programme (or four years part-time) will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive Korean language study in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. The programme will enable students to engage with the subjects of their Masters’ programme in the context of Korea through Korean, to engage with primary Korean sources and data and to conduct research and professional work in Korea. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
26 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of South Florida St. Petersburg - College of Arts & Sciences
Saint Petersburg, USA

The MLA in Liberal Studies offers two “build-your-own” tracks. In the Focused Studies track, students explore a particular subject from within the larger perspective of the li ... +

The MLA in Liberal Studies offers two “build-your-own” tracks. In the Focused Studies track, students explore a particular subject from within the larger perspective of the liberal arts, earning 18 of the 33 required hours in a specific discipline. As part of their core requirements, students may take courses in pedagogy and education, theory, or research methods, which would enable them to teach at the community college level (with the 18hrs), continue on for the Ph.D., or work in areas related to their chosen field of study. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, USA

Developing and understanding women's leadership requires a foundational knowledge of leadership theory and practical skills. The M.A. in Women's Leadership combines a first-ra ... +

Developing and understanding women's leadership requires a foundational knowledge of leadership theory and practical skills. The M.A. in Women's Leadership combines a first-rate education with highly qualified, supportive multi-disciplinary faculty, hands-on experience, and career-enhancing skills. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Arizona State University New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Phoenix, USA

The MA in interdisciplinary studies offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is an innovative program that allows students to combine the study of two ... +

The MA in interdisciplinary studies offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is an innovative program that allows students to combine the study of two or more disciplines. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Villanova University
Villanova, USA

LST students begin the program with two foundational courses, one ancient and one modern. The LST Foundation courses (Ancient and Modern) serve to give incoming LST students a ... +

LST students begin the program with two foundational courses, one ancient and one modern. The LST Foundation courses (Ancient and Modern) serve to give incoming LST students a broad background in some of the key texts and ideas of world civilization. In addition, they provide the LST students with an introduction to the skills and expectations which are consistent with graduate level work in the humanities and social sciences. -
MA
English
 
North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Raleigh, USA

Earn a master’s degree from NC State that meets your professional goals and your unique interests. Our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program puts you in charge: des ... +

Earn a master’s degree from NC State that meets your professional goals and your unique interests. Our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program puts you in charge: design your course of study, combining courses from different disciplines across the university. With our guidance, you build your own concentration, based on your interests, aspirations, and goals. Complete the program at your own pace, on your own terms. Your interdisciplinary MALS education broadens your horizons and cultivates skills valuable to employers – like thinking critically, communicating effectively, and synthesizing diverse perspectives. -
MA
English