Hollins’ Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) degree offers scheduling that respects the demands of home and work. Its flexibility allows students to follow their interests or discover new ones. The program is for those with varied interests and backgrounds. Students include executives, nurses, lawyers, educators, and homemakers. The program is ideal for lifelong learners.
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.
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.”
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Undergraduate transcripts
- Statement of educational objectives
- Three letters of recommendation indicating the student’s capacity to undertake this program
- An admission interview is required upon acceptance to the program
The Sue Zirkle Frazier Scholarship is awarded to liberal studies students demonstrating financial need and academic success. Federal aid is available to eligible students in the form of Unsubsidized Stafford Loans or Graduate PLUS Loans. To apply for these, students must complete the FAFSA annually. Student loans are not available to international students.
- 2015-16 academic year – $380 per credit hour
- Licensed, practicing teachers are discounted $100 per course.
- Technology fee: $81.25 (part time, fall/spring term); $162.50 (full time, fall/spring term); $85 (summer)
- Application processing fee: $40
- Nonrefundable deposit: $100
Want to know more?
The Hollins University Graduate Center is happy to answer your questions.