A current student, alumnae, and members of the faculty and administration discuss the benefits of this interdisciplinary graduate program.
Hollins’ Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) degree offers flexible class scheduling with online options and numerous approved courses to allow students the chance to design their own degree to best fit their needs. The M.A.L.S. degree is designed for the adult learner who is seeking a career-enhancing master’s degree in liberal studies, who desires a strong liberal educational grounding in preparation for professional school, or who simply loves to learn. This degree is customizable, emphasizing liberal arts hallmark strengths in writing, critical thinking, and creativity and is built on Hollins University’s tradition of excellence in these areas.
Advantages of the Hollins University M.A.L.S.:
- You’ll be taught by world-class faculty, many with years of applied knowledge.
- It is possible to complete the entire program online, so that you don’t have to put your life on hold to get your degree.
- It is customizable, to best support your needs for your life.
- It is cost-effective. At just $405 per credit, the M.A.L.S. at Hollins University is one of the most affordable M.A.L.S. degrees available.
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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Students must complete 10 courses. All students are required to complete a social sciences and humanities core course. The final requirement is a capstone experience, which brings together the theoretical concepts learned through coursework in an applied project.
In addition to the core courses, students must take an additional seven courses to build an area of focus. Working together with a faculty advisor, students can design their own program of study that will help them develop their skills in the following three areas.
- Writing: Assignments throughout the curriculum will foster the development of scholarly writing. Whether a short essay, a critique or a policy statement, writing assignments will help the learner move beyond the classroom to the realm of impact and influence.
- Critical Thinking: Faculty will challenge students to discern fact from opinion, challenge assumptions, and evaluate evidence using examples and cases from a variety of disciplines.
- Creativity: Whether it’s a poem or painting that inspires feeling and thought, or a brilliant concept that fundamentally changes the way we work, creativity fuels innovation by looking at things differently, through unique and unexpected combinations and connections. We will explore the creative process through both traditional and nontraditional examples.
Hollins offers courses fall, spring, and summer; faculty teach in the evenings. Students may take classes part time or full time. They have eight years from matriculation in which to complete the degree requirements.
Hollins offers even more flexible scheduling with online course offerings.
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Students who believe they have been treated unfairly academically are encouraged to meet with the instructor to attempt to resolve the matter informally. The complete process for handling grievances within Hollins can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook (PDF).
Students enrolled in our online graduate programs (Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning or Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) who live outside of Virginia in a SARA state must first file a complaint with the institution by following the above resources. If an issue cannot be resolved by the University’s internal processes, a complaint involving allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity, including the provision of false or misleading information, may be brought to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Alternatively, students may submit a complaint about a SACSCOC-accredited institution using the SACSCOC complaint process. If you live outside the state of Virginia, you may file a complaint through the SARA state portal entity in the state where you reside.
What Students Say
“The M.A.L.S. program at Hollins has been a perfect fit for my life as a mother of two young children, freelance journalist, and community volunteer. The program is versatile, thought provoking, and will help me fulfill my future career plans. Although I graduated from the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism, the Hollins experience is helping broaden my knowledge in other areas of study. While I’m on the ‘Mommy track,’ I’ve decided the ‘M.A.L.S. track’ is a perfect combination for my life. I encourage others to take advantage of this outstanding program.”
Lee Ann Necessary Brownlee
“No single choice in the past 20 years has impacted my life more than the decision to participate in the graduate program at Hollins. The program gave me confidence in my own ability…the confidence to take risk beyond my capability.”
“I earned my undergraduate degree from a large research university. I never had small classes or the opportunity to build close, personal relationships with my professors until I entered the Hollins M.A.L.S. program. The stimulating environment, in addition to rigorous graduate classes and plenty of writing, prepared me for the demands of law school. The Hollins program has been a real asset in my educational journey.”
Meet the Director
Lorraine Lange is the director of the M.A.L.S., M.A.T., and M.A. in Teaching and Learning graduate programs; Ed.D., Virginia Tech; M.A.L.S., Hollins College; B.A., Roanoke College
Lange is the former superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools and was named the Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and was selected as one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year in 2012. In 2018 Governor Northam re-appointed Lange to a second four-year term to the Board of Trustees of the Roanoke Higher Education Center.