North never stops asking "what's next?" Expand your career possibilities with an M.A. in liberal studies.

Students in the liberal studies graduate program at Northern Vermont University, based on our Lyndon campus, are passionate lifelong learners who are always wondering what’s next. NVU’s liberal arts tradition is an ideal foundation for advanced multidisciplinary study, with faculty mentors who specialize in diverse fields. Students become well-rounded graduates with career-ready skills who help find answers to complex problems. 

About Liberal Studies 

In this flexible, self-directed program, you will work closely with your faculty advisor from your academic focus area to create a graduate-level plan of study, building on our extensive undergraduate courses with additional research or other requirements. The program provides invaluable advanced knowledge and skills to boost careers of students who are secondary school teachers of English, global studies, math, and natural sciences, and those who work in other fields.          

Students choose one concentration: 

  • Content area — In-depth study of a single discipline
  • Interdisciplinary — A combination of two complementary disciplines, such as literature/writing and cultural studies
  • Multidisciplinary — A combination of three or more disciplines
  • Secondary education — Study that advances secondary teaching in any content area  

With faculty approval, you will develop a curriculum with a clear, logical focus and selection of courses. Whatever concentration you pursue, you’ll build your knowledge and skills by engaging in graduate-level research seminars and completing a research project.

View degree requirements for the master of arts in liberal studies.

(Please note: this link will take you to the current Lyndon State College website. On July 1, 2018, Lyndon State and Johnson State colleges will become Northern Vermont University. The 2018-19 NVU gradate catalog will be available in early summer 2018.)