Can the program be completed by attending part time?
Many MALS students attend part time. By taking two courses a
semester, excluding summer, a student can finish the program in
three years. Or, by taking one course a semester, including two
summer terms, a student can complete the program in four years. An
indeterminate variable is the amount of time spent on the thesis or
project. All master’s students have six years to complete
their degree programs.
Are evening classes available?
All MALS core courses are taught in the evening, as are
many graduate courses.
Can previous graduate credit hours transfer to the MALS
Up to nine hours of credits, approved by the graduate school,
can be transferred into a student’s MALS program. Included
are credits earned at ETSU as a non-degree student. Keep in mind,
however, that a student must finish his/her degree within six years
from the date of enrollment in the earliest course transferred to
the current program.
Can a student pursue both the MALS degree and the archives
A student in the regular (that is, not the archives
concentration) may pursue as a separate program the 18-hour
archives certificate. Hours taken as part of the
program cannot be applied to the regular MALS degree
Does a student have a non-thesis option?
MALS students may pursue either a culminating project or a
thesis. Project students must take 21 elective credits, while
thesis students take 18 elective credits. For thesis and project
guidelines, click on
and project guidelines.
Is financial aid available for full-time students?
Full-time students (must take at least nine credits per
semester) are eligible for federal loans, tuition scholarships
(waives tuition and some fees; in return the student works eight
hours at an assigned location), and graduate assistantships (waives
tuitions and some fees and provides a $3000 stipend per
semester). MALS is allotted two tuition scholarships and one
graduate assistantship. A MALS student may, however, take a
GA or TS in another department. For further information on
tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships, go to the
Graduate Studies site.
What Have Liberal Studies Graduates Done with Their
Liberal studies graduates have gone on to doctoral programs;
have found employment in social service agencies and educational
institutions; and have enhanced their positions with current
employers. Earning a MALS degree has allowed some of our graduates
to teach part time at the four-year or two-year college