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 a variety of concentrations to allow students the chance to design their own degree. Whether you are seeking a career-enhancing master’s degree in liberal studies or are a lifelong learner, this degree is customizable, emphasizing liberal arts hallmark strengths in writing, critical thinking, and creativity. Hollins has a tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and leadership training, and all classes are taught by outstanding professors in their field.
In addition, the Hollins M.A.L.S. offers a partnership with the University of Virginia and its online leadership certificate program for the completion of a M.A.L.S. degree concentration in Leadership Studies.
Who gets a M.A.L.S. degree?
- The professional desiring to move ahead in his/her career by obtaining an advanced degree
- The teacher who wants to focus in an area other than education for the master’s degree
- The physician who wants to enhance a medical career with the humanities
- The retired lifelong learner ready to pursue a new passion
- The recent college graduate who wants to feel more prepared before applying to law school or pursuing other advanced degrees
Learn What our alumni are Doing
Listen to a M.A.L.S. graduate tell how this master’s degree made a difference.
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Students must complete 40 credits. Seven courses (28 credits) come from a menu of courses designed for M.A.L.S. students. These seven courses must develop a concentration in one of five areas:
- Humanities: English, literature, art, theatre, music, philosophy, and religion
- Social Sciences: history, sociology, psychology, political science, and gender and women’s studies
- Visual and Performing Arts: art, dance, film, music, and theatre
- Leadership: leadership courses, gender and women’s studies, history, political science, and psychology
- Interdisciplinary Studies: Design an individual liberal studies program that meets your own needs
All students are required to complete a social sciences and humanities core course (four credits each). The final requirement (four credits) is a capstone experience. This involves a research essay or creative project.
For years, our Batten Leadership Institute has trained leaders at the undergraduate level. The leadership concentration at the graduate level builds on this solid foundation.
The leadership concentration features a partnership with the University of Virginia. Those who complete UVA’s 18-credit leadership certificate can bring those credits to Hollins. Students in the M.A.L.S. program can take courses in UVA’s online graduate certificate program.
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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Now you can take your first class, pay half price, and see if the program is right for you. Contact the Graduate Center for more info.
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.