Master of Liberal Arts
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NOTE: The MLA Program is not accepting new students at this time.
The Master of Liberal Arts degree program is an interdisciplinary graduate program for the intellectually curious student whose baccalaureate education is completed. Consisting of online, blended, and face-to-face classes, this course of study is usually completed within two or two and a half years. It is possible to complete the MLA program without residence in Lock Haven.
The Master of Liberal Arts program is designed for students who wish to study the liberal arts in depth. Whatever your goal; a way to get ahead in your career, energize your professional aspirations, chart your own course, or discover more about yourself, you can do it through the Masters of Liberal Arts program.
Choose your intellectual theme and design an individualized course of study within the arts and sciences. You will learn multiple approaches to exploring an area of interest. You will also develop skills and knowledge that let you appreciate issues from multiple perspectives. The program will enhance a student’s ability to analyze, synthesize, and appreciate a broad spectrum of knowledge drawn from a variety of disciplines.
Students are awarded a Master of Liberal Arts degree upon successful completion of 30 credits. The program consists of three parts:
A. Required Core Courses (Total of 9 credits)
B. Elective Courses and/or Theme Courses (Total of 15 Credits) Electives may be selected from a variety of courses in the arts, humanities, sciences, and education.
C. Capstone Project (Total of 6 credits)
The project may be completed during the last two semesters. In conjunction with a faculty advisory committee, students complete literature searches and a Capstone Project. The project may take the form of a research thesis or a creative composition.
The program is recognized by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.
For regular admission to the Master of Liberal Arts program, applicants must have earned a b accalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on 4.0 scale). Applicants with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may be accepted conditionally, with full admission after completing 9 graduate credits and earning an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Additional Requirements for International Students:
In addition to the standard admissions procedures for graduate admission to Lock Haven University (Click Here to Review Admissions Procedures) , international students who are not native speakers of English and have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States must submit the following:
Graduate Assistantships: (Click Here for Detailed Information)
Qualifications for Graduate Assistantship:
The student must be:
Unconditionally admitted to graduate study (minimum GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate degree or having completed 9 graduate credits and received a 3.0 or better)
Enrolled full-time (i.e., 9 semester hours of graduate work per semester)
Remain in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
Offerings are subject to change by semester and faculty.
American Studies: Culture and Society
Community Leadership & Non Profit Management
Human Health and Psychology
International Studies: Culture, History, Society
Language and Literature
Public Policy: Ethics, and Politics
Science, Technology and Society
The program is unique in that it is designed so that it can be completed either entirely on-line, in a face-to-face fashion, or a combination of the two.