Contact Information

For program information:
Stephanie A. Schechner, PhD
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program
Kapelski Learning Center 213
tel: 610-499-4346

For admissions information:
Roberta D. Nolan, EdD
Graduate Enrollment Management
Muller Hall
tel: 610-499-4129

MA in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MLS) program at Widener University provides an interdisciplinary and humanistic approach to an understanding of self, society, and human accomplishment. It is based on the conviction that the cultivation of general knowledge and the study of the human experience have a strong and exciting appeal for adult students like you who wish to learn, to discuss, to wonder, and to enjoy.

Emphasis is placed on the development of a unified understanding of the arts and sciences. Through core courses in cultural anthropology, philosophy, and science, a basis is provided for you to move into elective courses in sociology, history, art history, psychology, literature, cinema, music history, creative writing and communications, as well as additional courses in cultural anthropology, philosophy, and science. All courses are specially created for the program. Classes are small in size, have a seminar format, and are offered in the evening on the Chester Campus.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, you must complete the three core courses, seven elective courses, and the three-credit Capstone Project for a total of 33 semester hours. You must attain a minimum 3.0 average.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is designed to be a unifying or culminating project in which you bring to bear on some topic or issue the judgment and perspectives arising from the liberal studies courses taken.

As an interdisciplinary degree, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies signifies that you have been exposed to a broad range of perspectives in the liberal arts and sciences. The Capstone Project, as a final exercise, should reveal what has been gained by this exposure. Throughout this project, you work under the guidance of a faculty supervisor whom you select from among the MLS faculty.

Diversity of Student Backgrounds

In the same way that courses contain a diversity of perspectives, students in Widener's program come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. The faculty make no assumptions that students have common academic preparation in the liberal arts. Rather, the faculty appreciate that MLS students bring a variety of perspectives which contribute to the discussions and analysis of material.


An applicant for admission to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates are considered for admissions after having submitted:

  • A completed on line application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  • A personal interview with the program's director is also required.