Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies

Contact: Martin Leever, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs Building, Room 334, McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1135

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) at the 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, the M.A.L.S. is for people who value their freedom and independence to think, and to understand.

Departments contributing courses to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program are:

  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Students enrolled in the program design their own degree within the structure provided by three "core" seminars. Each candidate receives the active assistance of a member of the University's graduate faculty in tailoring a curriculum to fit his or her interests. This faculty mentor, chosen by the student, closely follows the candidate's progress throughout the pursuit of the degree.

The University of Detroit Mercy's 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 M.A.L.S. program seeks to develop and nurture 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 men and women who join in this endeavor will discover a source of inspiration and a lifelong resource in new-found colleagues in the pursuit of intellectual excellence.