Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Liberal Studies (MA) Program Apart?

  • The program provides an emphasis in American thought and culture, with significant opportunities for individual research and creative work.
  • The  liberal studies curriculum is designed to
    • Engage students in a critical, multidisciplinary examination of the American experience, broadly constituted;
    • Encourage students to explore and critique issues important to national identity, such as race, gender, equality, politics, religion, and popular culture;
    • Help students advance their critical, theoretical, and technical skills through engaging core courses and a culminating thesis project.
  • Distance-learning format; courses offered online
  • Thirty-three (33) credit hours during full or part-time enrollment
  • Independent and individualized study encouraged
  • The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree is offered through the world-renowned University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
  • A strong faculty is committed to teaching and scholarly excellence and to dynamic learning through mentoring and meaningful interactions.
  • Students will be part of a community of learners pursing substantial intellectual work.

For each student, the MALS encourages and facilitates high achievement in the areas of academic, scholarly, and civic work.  During their time in the program, students follow a series of courses designed to provide the content and tools required for significant historical and cultural understandings, over a range of disciplines, of American society and the individual.  The essential intellectual and practical skills developed in the liberal studies curriculum empowers individuals and prepares them for personal and professional success. 


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate course work totaling twenty-four (24) credit hours, primarily in the humanities and social sciences

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.


Liberal Studies (Master of Arts)

Requirements. Thirty-three credits, distributed as follows:

  1. Core courses (9 credits).
    AMC 502 - Topics on American Institutions. 
    AMC 503 - The American Character. 
    AMC 504 - The United States in Comparative Perspective.  
  2. Research Courses (9 credits).
     AMC 500 - Research Foundations.  
     AMC 590 - Directed Study.  
     AMC 591 - Thesis.  
  3. Approved electives (15 credits).
    While the core courses in sections A and B will be offered on line, at present twenty-five (25) elective courses are available online.  This number will increase over time.

    ADM 580 - Advanced Production Management.  
    AFA 534 /HIS 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States. 
    AFA 599 - Teaching Africana Studies.  
    AMC 598 - Selected Topics. 
    ANT 511 - Historical Archaeology. 
    ANT 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology.  
    ARH 509 - History of North-American Art. 
    BIO 526 - Wildlife Policy and Law. 
    COM 550 - Media, Propaganda and Social Change. 
    ECN 521 - American Economic History. 
    ECN 524 - Labor Economics. 
    EDE 501 - Sociology of Education. 
    EDE 503 - History of American Urban Schooling. 
    EDE 504 - Learning in the 21st Century.  
    EDR 530 - Children’s Literature. 
    EDR 532 - Multicultural Children’s Literature.  
    EDR 535 /THE 549 - Folklore and Storytelling.   
    EDR 537 - Adolescent Literature. 
    EDR 545 - Improvement of Reading in the Middle and Secondary School.  
    EDT 521 - Technology Skills for Educators.  
    EDT 532 - Online Communities for Social Change. 
    EDT 535 - Online Course Design.  
    EDT 543 - Advanced Educational Project Design.  
    EDT 576 - Introduction to Mobile App Development.  
    ENG 509 - American English. 
    ENG 531 - The American Novel I.  
    ENG 532 - The American Novel II. 
    ENG 533 - American Poetry.  
    ENG 534 /THE 534 - American Drama. 
    ENG 535 - American Film: Silent and Studio Eras. 
    ENG 536 - American Film: After the Studio Era. 
    ENG 539 - Themes in Multicultural American Literatures. 
    ENG 540 - Recent American Film.  
    ENG 561 - Writing and Publishing.  
    ENG 574 /EDR 537 - Adolescent Literature. 
    HIS 509 - Colonial America. 
    HIS 510 - Era of the American Revolution. 
    HIS 511 - Conflict, Reform and Expansion: America before the Civil War. 
    HIS 512 - The Atlantic World in Transition: 1400-1850. 
    HIS 519 - History of Sport in the United States. 
    HIS 521 - History of the United States Constitution, 1789 to Present. 
    HIS 528 - Emergence of the United States as a World Power since 1914. 
    HIS 530 - American Indian History.  
    HIS 531 - American Urban History.  
    HIS 534 /AFA 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States.  
    HIS 535 - Black America since the Civil War. 
    HIS 569 - History of Women in America I. 
    HIS 579 - Pacific World in Transition since 19th Century. 
    LIN 520 - Linguistics for Teachers.  
    MGT 512 - Applied Quantitative Analysis.  
    MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior.  
    MGT 545 - Innovation Management/Entrepreneurship.  
    MGT 552 - Business and Society. 
    MUS 522 - Jazz in American Culture.  
    POL 501 - American Political Thought. 
    POL 520 - Law and Administrative Processes.  
    POL 523 - The U.S. Congress. 
    POL 526 - The U.S. Supreme Court. 
    POL 527 - The American Presidency. 
    POL 531 - Women and Work. 
    POL 533 - International Law and Organizations.  
    POL 537 - U.S. Foreign Policy.  
    POL 541 - The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective.  
    POL 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology. 
    PUB 505 - Health Policy.  
    PUB 518 - Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 
    PUB 577 - Financial Management in Health Care.  
    PUB 587 - Legal Issues In Health Care.  
    SOC 545 - Ethnicity in American Society. 
    SOC 558 - Religion in American Society.  
    SOC 566 /PUB 572 - Work, Occupations and Professions.  
    SOC 569 /EDE 501 - Sociology of Education. 
    SOC 571 - Social Movements in America. 
    SOC 574 /WGS 574 - Gender and Society. 
    THE 505 - American’s Contribution to Theatre. 
    THE 521 - Devising Theatre. 
    THE 522 - Performance Lab.  
    THE 523 - Drama and Social Theory.  

    Transfer of Credit
    Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer.  Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director.  Transfers are made in accordance with the policies of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.




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