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Your Career Goals, Our Degree Program

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that is uniquely designed to meet students’ personal and professional needs. The curriculum offers a solid foundation of core professional skills and allows students to design a curriculum from courses selected from a broad range of academic disciplines. Graduates emerge with a broad intellectual perspective and enhanced analytical and communication skills that are highly transferable to a number of professional contexts. Our diverse alumni include teachers, environmental consultants, non-profit and educational administrators, advertising executives, athletic coaches, human resource managers, attorneys and writers, among others. 

Stackable Credentials

Liberal studies students may apply the courses they earn in our University badge  or graduate certificate programs to fulfill degree requirements, allowing them to start showcasing their skills with a Stony Brook microcredential as they progress through their program.

On-campus, Online or On-site

All Liberal Studies students can choose to combine face-to-face with online courses, or take all of their courses online. Our fully online program was recently selected as #2 in the nation by SPD also partners with businesses and organizations to customize this program for on-site cohorts.

Teacher Certification

The Liberal Studies degree is valid toward meeting requirements for a professional license (certification), with certain provisions. It does not, however, lead directly to an initial certification. Please read the Teacher Certification page before applying.

About Stony Brook University

Our online master's degree program is also ranked in the top 5 in the country by  College Choice . In addition, Stony Brook University consistently ranks in the top 100 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The University is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the HRM degree and certificate programs are fully approved by the New York State Education Department for online delivery.

Affordable Excellence

Stony Brook's tuition rate is among the most affordable of all top-tier universities in the nation. Tuition and fees at SUNY are nearly 15% lower than the national average for public universities and 50% lower than those for for-profit institutions.

Students enrolled in exclusively online and off-site programs are exempt from our transportation, health and counseling, athletic, and campus recreation fees.


"The degree program is exceptional. It helped me in business by teaching me to write with more clarity and to express myself to my clients in ways that were more concise. I apply my learning each day in my personal and professional life."
— Charlie McLeod, President, SMM Advertising



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Teacher Certification

How the Liberal Studies degree can be used for professional licensure Learn More (Teacher Certification)

Employer Partnerships

On-site graduate and executive education programs customized for businesses and organizations Learn More (Employer Partnerships)

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