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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is an interdisciplinary degree program that examines issues and themes in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and applied sciences. The program is offered primarily to working adults who seek educational enrichment and professional development on a part-time basis, and does not specifically serve as a prerequisite for a more advanced degree.

Flexible Scheduling: On-campus and Online
To meet the demands of working professionals, courses are scheduled on-campus during the evening or online. Students may choose to combine face-to-face and online courses in our traditional MALS program, or they may apply to the MALS Online program and take all of their courses via the Internet. Prospective online students should review the online course schedules from prior semesters to see the scope of the courses we offer prior to applying.
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Important note for teachers: The MALS degree is valid toward meeting requirements for a professional license (certification), provided the degree course work contains 12 credits relevant to your area of initial certification. It does not, however, lead directly to an initial certification. Please read the Teacher Certification page before applying.


Stony Brook University Excellence
Stony Brook University is one of the State University of New York's (SUNY) University Centers. It is ranked one of the top 100 universities in the nation and one of the top 40 public universities by U.S.News & World Report. The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association and its MALS Online program is approved by the New York State Education Department for both in-person and online delivery.


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