Master of Liberal Arts

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Overview

Applicants for fall 2017
To begin a new application or complete one in-progress to begin study at McDaniel College in the fall 2017 term, please use this link »

Applicants for 2018 and beyond
McDaniel College has switched to a new application system. Any information that you started prior to 8.15.17 will not be available in the new system and you will be required to use the new application. We apologize for any inconvenience and will always be happy to assist you in the process or answer any questions.

McDaniel’s Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program is steeped in tradition and culture. Established in 1933, this interdisciplinary graduate program has been an anchor to the Graduate and Professional Studies division for almost 85 years. Because the Liberal Arts field is so varied, students are allowed to explore topics that are of interest to them while honing their writing and communications skills; combined with their undergraduate degrees and strong occupational backgrounds, students experience outcomes that will bring them to new levels within their careers.

According to a recent study put out by the Harvard Business Review (August, 2017),

“What matters now is not the skills you have but how you think. Can you ask the right questions? Do you know what problem you’re trying to solve in the first place?” In that article, co-author, Scott Harley, states “liberal arts education—one that includes both hard sciences and “softer” subjects. A well-rounded learning experience opens people up to new opportunities and helps them develop products that respond to real human needs.”

 

Flexibility - Design Your Education

A hallmark of the MLA program is flexibility. Our core courses touch upon a range of topics and disciplinary approaches while affording room for you to explore your particular interests. The final project is a culminating experience that further promotes and supports your exploreation. Students work with a faculty supervisor to design and create an original project. While the final project might be a thesis paper, students have combined their interests in innovative ways such as drafting a novel, painting an original watercolor, or dying wool for art shows.

Key Features of the MLA program include:

• Offers convenient meeting times, including online courses, to fit your busy schedule.

• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field.

• Provides small class size and individual attention for our students.

• Offers highly competitive tuition.

Why McDaniel

• Offers convenient schedules to fit your busy schedule.

• Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the field.

• Small class size and individual attention that the professors provide students.

• Highly competitive tuition.

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0

Three letters of recommendation

Note: It is imperative that accepted students contact the MLA Coordinator at the beginning of their program for an advising appointment to ensure a successful academic experience.  The MLA Coordinator, Jill Krebs, can be reached at jkrebs@mcdaniel.edu.

Degree Requirements

• 36 semester hours

• Minimum 3.0 GPA, limit of one course at or below "C"

• Completion of a six-credit Final Project, equivalent in scope to a master’s thesis

Courses

Core Courses (21 Credits)

The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program consists of ten, three-credit courses and a six-credit final project for a total of 36 credit hours. Although there are required courses, the program’s primary feature is that graduate students are expected to design their own program of study. This flexibility allows students to pursue courses that best reflect their personal and professional interests.

Required Courses (21 Credits)

Any two courses of the Program of Study may come from outside the MLA curriculum (transferred from another McDaniel graduate program or from another accredited graduate institution). A maximum of one independent study course is permitted within the Program of Study (though a second independent study may be arranged with coordinator permission).

  • MLA 506 - Introducing Modern World Philosophies
  • MLA 502 - Our Historic Heritage
  • MLA 504 - Critical Theory
  • MLA 503 - Creativity: The Aesthetic Journey
  • RSM 550 - Introduction to Research Methodology
  • MLA 511 - Final Project I
  • MLA 512 - Final Project II

Specializations

Students may specialize their course of study in the MLA program. Completion of a specialization will be noted on the final transcript. The fields of specialization are: Environmental Literacy (EL), Fine Arts (FA), Language and Literature (LL), and Social Studies (SS).

For students who wish to complete one of the specialization tracks in the MLA program, four of the elective courses (12 credits) within the Program of Study must come from that specialization and the final project must be completed in that area of specialization.

Faculty

 Jill Krebs, Program Coordinator, MLA
 jkrebs@mcdaniel.edu
 

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Due to the highly individualized approach to this program, Graduates fill various positions in a variety of sectors.  Some examples include:

• Teaching at the college level.

• Staff and administrator positions in higher education.

• K-12 teachers already holding certification use the program to enhance their knowledge-base and apply the credits toward professional development, master’s, master’s plus 30 and master’s plus 60 requirements.

• Writers and editors (especially for those pursuing the Romance Writing and Writing for Children and Young Adults tracks).

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.

FAQs

1. When are MLA courses conducted during the year?
During the Fall and Spring, courses meet once a week on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday: 4:50pm – 7:20pm or 7:30pm – 10:00pm. During the Summer, times and days vary. Online courses run in 8-week blocks during the semesters.

2. How and when do I register for classes?
Complete registration information is available in the Graduate Admissions area of this site. Please contact the MLA Coordinator for advising.

3. I work in the education field. Is the MLA program for me?
Many educators seeking an alternative to traditional education graduate programs have found that the MLA program better fulfilled their needs. Among others, educators from elementary and secondary levels have broadened their field of knowledge in the MLA program while accumulating continuing professional education credits required by school systems.

 
Opening Faculty Meeting
August 22, 2017, 12:00 am
Introduction Convocation
August 23, 2017, 12:00 am
Orientation
August 23, 2017, 12:00 am
Involvement Fair at Red Square/The Quad
August 30, 2017, 5:00 pm
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