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Program Curriculum

For Students Admitted as of Fall 2017

This degree program consists of 11 three-credit courses, distributed among the three areas listed below. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student. Students are advised to print and keep this student advisement worksheet (PDF) for reference.

Students admitted to the MA in Liberal Studies program prior to Fall 2017 should use this student advisement worksheet (PDF).

1. Liberal Studies Core - 15 credits

** Please note that at least two (2) of the four (4) LSF courses must be taken within the first twelve (12) credits taken as a student in the MA in Liberal Studies program. All four (4) LSF courses must be taken within the first 24 credits taken in the program.**

LSF 501 Effective Professional Communication (3 credits)
LSF 502 Effective Professional Thinking (3 credits)
LSF 503 Effective Professional Global and Cultural Awareness (3 credits)
LSF 504 Effective Professional Action and Leadership (3 credits)
NSLS (Elective)  Any course with the NSLS designator (3 credits)

There are no transfer credits or substitutions permitted for the Liberal Studies Core curriculum.  

2. T hematically-Related Concentration - 15 credits

A concentration is a group of courses that represents a focused area of interest. Students are allowed considerable freedom and flexibility in designing their concentrations, and may choose from most of the courses offered through SPD. (Teachers must read the Teacher Certification page prior to developing their concentrations.)

Students may also choose to incorporate a 3- or 6-credit internship into their thematically related concentration. Visit the Liberal Studies Internship information page for details and an application.

In addition, students may choose courses from one of Stony Brook's Advanced Graduate

Certificate (AGC) programs to fulfill concentration requirements . A separate application is required; restrictions may apply. See a list of SPD's AGC programs on our Graduate Programs page. Students should also consider earning any of SPD’s University Badges ; no additional application or fee is required for earning a University Badge.

3. Capstone Seminar (CED 595) - 3 credits

The goal of the Capstone Seminar is for  students to conduct and present graduate-level research. Students will be guided in selecting a topic for their research paper. Methodology and resources will be reviewed as the student’s work is developed.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program; completion of 24 graduate credits within the program.

Note: There are no transfer credits or substitutions permitted for CED 595 Project Seminar. Students must earn a minimum of a "B" grade in this course to fulfill the degree requirement.