Some of the most popular online searches for prospective students researching a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree are:

“ What can I do with a MALS degree?”

“Master of Arts in Liberal Studies jobs”

“ What is a Masters in Liberal Studies good for?”

These are somewhat valid questions; however if you begin to understand the primary purpose of obtaining a MALS degree, then the answers start become a bit more apparent. Here is an example from a recent graduate that may help to shed some light on what our program is all about.

A New Perspective on Business

“I’m a 43-year old entrepreneur and consultant, who has made a substantial living showing businesses how to “think outside the box,” cut unnecessary costs, and develop new streams of revenue. A few years ago, I decided to start researching Masters Degree Programs in Miami and although my primary objective was to go back to school part-time and achieve my MBA, but I found myself wanting to learn more about theory and philosophy. That’s when I stumbled upon the University of Miami MALS Program and it really struck a chord with me. What intrigued me the most about the program is that I could specialize in a field of study that was tailored to my interests and drill into some deeply creative thought processes.”

“Two years after graduating the program, I’m still working as an entrepreneur, but my view on business has dramatically changed. The unifying theme that I chose for my Masters Degree Program was “the art of business.” It allowed me to take a step back from the normal business world and look at how life moves through social patterns and changes. The MALS program gave me the flexibility to research and learn about topics that mattered most to me and then develop those topics using an abstract and critical way of thinking.”

Structuring The Unstructured

As you can see, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program is structurally different from traditional college curriculum. For example, one of the core classes in the program is called Aspects on Creative & Reflective Thought. This course asks you to explore pop culture through a critical eye and then respond emotionally and intellectually using aesthetic theory. The course gives you a better understanding of what you think and feel and why you develop those thoughts.

To reiterate the title of this article, it’s not about what you can do with the degree; it’s about developing a stronger sense of “you” and creating a curriculum that allows you to flourish in the whatever endeavors are chosen for your life’s work.