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Online Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Total Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: June 24, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 8, 2024

A Flexible Curriculum to Understand the World.

The Online Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is designed to provide graduate-level opportunities for students to pursue studies not provided by traditional department programs. Geared towards non-traditional students (especially working adults), the degree helps students pursue personal enhancement and serves as an incubator for programs of study not currently formally created. This program is ideal for students to reestablish their academic careers after professional or personal hiatus in a manner suited to their uniquely developed interests as well as time constraints. To support this, the program focuses on interdisciplinary programs of study, provides academic opportunities at the Master’s level not provided by discipline-specific degree programs within the university and offers instructional venues to exhibit and develop interdisciplinary expertise among LSU’s faculty.

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Continuous support

When you join LSU Online, you join a family that makes sure that your needs are met. You will have a dedicated Student Success Coach assigned to you from the application process to graduation. They are here to offer support along the way so that you can focus on performance in your classes.

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Earn a degree on your time

Earning an Online Master of Arts Liberal Arts degree allows you to complete your coursework while balancing work, family, and other responsibilities. This program is ideal for non-traditional students returning to college to earn their degree and students who want to pursue a degree program for personal enrichment and satisfaction.

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Career options

Graduates with this degree can pursue a wide range of career options such as a Technical Writer, Actuary, Market Research Analyst, Advertising Manager or Marketing Manager.

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Expert faculty

Our experienced faculty members are dedicated to providing top-quality education in a convenient online format. These are the same faculty that teach the on-campus courses and are actively engaged in helping students thrive.

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Cost Online Master's in Liberal Arts

Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $459

Total cost with fees: $16,524

You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Master's in Liberal Arts

Core (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
LIBA 7000: Liberal Arts: Methods of Inquiry 3
LIBA 7900: Liberal Arts: Themes and Commonalities 3


Students Choose 2 Career-Focus Clusters from the Following*:

Leadership (Up to 12 credit hours) Credit Hours
LHRD 7001: Principles of Workforce Development 3
LHRD 7575: Managing Change in Organizational Systems 3
LHRD 7602: Program Evaluation Design I 3
LHRD 7910: Human Resource Analytics 3


Sport Management (Up to 12 credit hours) Credit Hours
KIN 7518: Social Issues in Sport OR KIN4515 Sports Seminar 3
KIN 4517: Sports Administration 3
KIN 4513: Facilities Management 3
KIN 7544: Current Topics in Sport Management 3


Interdisciplinary (Up to 12 credit hours) Credit Hours
CMST 4100: Political Communication 3
SOCL 4461: Criminology (SOCL 2001 Prerequisite) 3
SOCL 4471: Sociology of Law 3
POLI 4032: Interest Groups in American Politics 3
ART 4561: Survey of Graphic Design 3

*Students must complete a total of 36 hours of credit in order to graduate, regardless of how the credits are configured.

Admission Requirements Online Master's in Liberal Arts

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or the equivalent from a foreign institution*
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on all undergraduate work (or in the final 60 credit hours) and for any graduate work already completed for regular admission.  GPA between 2.75-3.0 can be reviewed for a probationary admission.
  • Resume or CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation – professional
    • The recommender should be able to highlight the applicant’s character, work ethic, and professionalism.
    • Written on letterhead and signed if possible.
  • No GRE Required.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts of all Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Baccalaureate course work in the application if available (Can review on unofficial transcripts).
    • Make sure that you order the official transcripts to be sent to gradtranscripts@lsu.edu 
  • Personal Statement
    • Motivation to attend LSU Online' s MALA program, including personal and career goals, your commitment to excellence, and how you believe your prior work experience would attribute to this program.

Additional information about LSU Graduate admission requirements are located here.

Career Opportunities Online Master's in Liberal Arts

  • Fundraiser
  • Public relations specialist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Technical writer
  • Actuary
  • Market research analyst
  • Administrator
  • Salesperson
  • Director of public relations
  • Management consultant
  • Real estate agent

What Will I Learn? Online Master's in Liberal Arts

Students who graduate with a master’s in liberal arts can expect to expand their knowledge around their particular interests and career goals. The program encourages independent-minded students to pursue graduate-level interdisciplinary programs of study, so the curriculum will vary.


Topics covered in this degree could include: 


  • Interdisciplinary study in the liberal arts; modes of inquiry in different disciplines, common themes in the humanities and means of integrating these into the whole

  • Major ideas in the liberal arts as reflected in exemplary published studies and student research

  • Principles of workforce education and development programs conducted by business, industry, government and educational institutions at all levels

  • Introduction to the theory, methods and practice of organization change and development

  • Policies and practices in the administration of athletic programs in academic settings

  • Examination of the social construction of sport and the systemic issues connected to contemporary sport

  • Data warehousing; use of big data in business; storage and retrieval of data in business; descriptive analytics for business; business intelligence tools

  • Predictive analytics in business; business cases in predictive analytics; data mining use in business; industry solutions for predictive analytics

  • Factors and strategies in contemporary political communication in the U.S.

  • Law and social change; evolution of legal institutions; group conflict and law; influence of legal controls and sanctions on human behavior

Why Choose This Program? Online Master's in Liberal Arts

Why choose LSU’s online Master of Arts in Liberal Arts?


Our online program emphasizes providing individual students with the ability to determine an educational path that best suits them. Because of this, graduates of the degree program will be able to pursue several various careers. Additionally, we have designed the program to be flexible and convenient, perfect for many types of non-traditional students. With continuous support from our Student Success Coaches and expert instructors, our online master’s degree in liberal arts equips students with the tools for success.

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