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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

  • Individualized Concentration
  • Education Concentration
  • Religious Studies Concentration

Design a Unique Program 

Personalize your plan of study with your chosen faculty mentor

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program lays equal emphasis on both broad and close reading within and across discipline, and on the cooperative relationship between faculty and students. The personalized and self-directed nature of the curriculum inspire a disciplined attitude in the student, while the relationship of the faculty and students ensure a rigorous, stimulating and rewarding course of study.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program develops and nurtures a creative, productive, enduring experience that contributes to the intellectual vigor of the University while also benefiting from the richness of the institution's environment.

The students who pursue this degree will discover a source of inspiration and a lifelong resource in new-found colleagues in the pursuit of intellectual excellence.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies  (Individualized Concentration)

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies  program at University of Detroit Mercy is a highly personalized course of study. It is designed for men and women who believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor, and who wish to explore and understand the social, cultural and humanistic dimensions and context of today's world and their own individual lives, and who recognize that education is the means for dealing with life's changes. Most of all, this degree for people who value the freedom and independence to think and to understand.

Program Requirements
30-credit hours

The individualized concentration permits maximum flexibility and personal customization within a student-created curricular design, subject to the program director's endorsement. This concentration is for the student who wishes to design an individualized course of study completes a 30-hour program based on a nine-hour, three-course core

Required Courses
MLS 5000 Introduction to Liberal Studies
3 credits
MLS 5060 Final Project
3 credits
One of the following:
MLS 5010 Seminar in the History of Ideas 3 credits
MLS 5020 Seminar in the Study of Society/Change 3 credits
MLS 5030 Seminar in the Study of Culture/Society
3 credits
Electives
Seven elective courses 21 credits

 For more information, please see requirements and courses listed in the catalog.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Education Concentration)

This flexible course of study for life long learners puts an emphasis on education.

Program Requirements
30-credit hours

Required Courses
MLS 5000 Introduction to Liberal Studies
3 credits
MLS 5060 Final Project (Education Focused)
3 credits
One of the following:
MLS 5010 Seminar in the History of Ideas 3 credits
MLS 5020 Seminar in the Study of Society/Change 3 credits
MLS 5030 Seminar in the Study of Culture/Society
3 credits
Four courses from the following:
MLS 5410 Constitutional Law
3 credits
MLS 5440 Society and Education
3 credits
MLS 5442 Educational Policy Studies
3 credits
MLS 5050 Independent Study (Education Focused)
3 credits
EDU 5--- Any EDU course at the 5000 level
3 credits
Electives
Three elective courses 9 credits

 For more information, please see requirements and courses listed in the catalog.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Religious Studies Concentration)

Ideal for the student who pursues education as a life-long endeavor, this concentration emphasizes various aspects of religious studies.

Program Requirements
30-credit hours

Required Courses
MLS 5000 Introduction to Liberal Studies
3 credits
MLS 5060 Final Project (Education Focused)
3 credits
One of the following:
MLS 5010 Seminar in the History of Ideas 3 credits
MLS 5020 Seminar in the Study of Society/Change 3 credits
MLS 5030 Seminar in the Study of Culture/Society
3 credits
Religious Studies Concentration
Four courses in the Religious Studies Concentration 12 credits
Electives
Three elective courses 9 credits

 For more information, please see requirements and courses listed in the catalog.

Admission Requirements

The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, upon recommendation of the program director, approves admission to the program. To be admitted, the applicant must:

  • Submit evidence of all undergraduate work and a B.A. from an accredited institution, with at least a 2.75 grade point average.
  • Submit a written statement setting forth a proposed plan of study.
  • Complete a personal interview with the program director.

Admission Deadlines

In order to assure the Program Director ample time to receive and review your application file, submission of all materials should be at least six weeks prior to the term in which you intend to begin graduate study (see http://www.udmercy.edu/academics/acad_cal.htm for specific dates of future terms).

Need More Information BEFORE You Apply?

If you would like more information about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, please use our contact form:

or contact:

Martin Leever, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 334
Phone: (313) 993-1135
Fax: (313) 993-1166
E-Mail: leevermg@udmercy.edu

To apply, please go to the UDM Admissions page: http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/online/index.htm