Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in American Culture (MA)

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Offered through the world-renowned University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the MA in Liberal Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint supports students as they develop intellectually, professionally, and personally. This program can be completed entirely online and welcomes learners from a range of educational backgrounds and experiences. Graduates of our program include business professionals, civic and religious leaders, community activists, artists, and scholars seeking to earn a doctorate or professional degrees, as well as non-traditional students.

Flexible Format
With full- and part-time enrollment available, the MA in Liberal Studies offers a flexible online format that accommodates the learning styles and busy schedules of working adult learners.

Individualized Learning
Students of the program are provided ample opportunities to undertake independent studies, individual research, and creative projects that reflect personal passions and interests. You’ll be challenged to complete a thesis based on your area of study, and present your thesis to a faculty board, as well as peers.

Relevant Focus
With an emphasis on American thought and culture, the MA in Liberal Studies engages you in a critical, multidisciplinary examination of the American experience. You’ll be asked to explore and examine issues critical to national identity, including race, gender, equality, politics, religion, and popular culture. As a result, you’ll emerge from the program with a deeper understanding of our nation and the historical themes and contexts that shape it.

In-Depth Curriculum
Courses build on one another to develop an in-depth understanding of historical, current, and emerging issues across a range of disciplines that reveal the intersection of art, literature, politics, history, sociology, business, and more. The MA in Liberal Studies at UM-Flint provides a broad, cross-disciplinary education that builds knowledge and skills valued in the workplace as well as the classroom. Elective courses allow for a customized curriculum, based on your focus of interest in American culture. Students emerge from the program with new disciplinary, cultural, and self-knowledge; facility in inquiry and analysis; critical and creative thinking; and a confident commitment to effective written and oral communication.

A Veteran and Active Duty-Friendly Degree
Veterans and active-duty personnel appreciate the online convenience and freedom to select elective courses tailored to their interests in American culture at a graduate level.

Double Count Courses to Earn a Business Certificate
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies/Graduate Certificate in Business program encourages intellectual and personal development, prepares individuals for leadership through engagement with liberal learning, and promotes the advanced problem-solving, decision-making, and management skills required for successful civic and work lives. Click here to learn more.

Community Engagement
Along with intellectual pursuits, students in the program are encouraged to engage civically through special projects, research, and service learning. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate the transformative power of liberal education in real-life situations and environments.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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

State Authorization for Online Students
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 an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose describing your reasons for pursuing the degree
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of your potential for advanced academic study (must include academic recommendation)
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program can be completed online or on-campus. Admitted students are eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students may also complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines
Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

Application deadlines are as follows:     

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

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.