Department of Liberal Studies Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Loyola University Maryland

Department of Liberal Studies Loyola College of Arts and Sciences Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
August 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


A Tradition of Inquiry and Academic Achievement

Baltimore-based Loyola University Maryland was founded in 1852 as a Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition, incorporating social justice, community service, and scholarship into its academic programs. Today Loyola Maryland enrolls some 2,000 graduate students among its total enrollment of 6,000. The university has campuses in Baltimore proper, Columbia, Timonium, and Belvedere, Maryland.

Loyola University Maryland is among the Top 5 North Regional Universities as rated by "US News and World Report." The school is also ranked by "The Princeton Review" as one of the Best 378 Colleges, and Loyola has been recognized for its history of producing Fulbright scholars.

A Classical Approach to Studying the American Experience

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) degree program is administered by the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences. The 36 hours of coursework draw from 3 program themes: history, modern institutions, and creative work, much of it with a focus on American history and society as well as the wider world. All students must take at least 3 hours of courses from each theme. Students who attain the M.A. in Liberal Studies degree program and wish to continue with graduate-level course work may apply for Loyola's Master's Plus program in Liberal Studies.

Classes offered as part of the master's degree program range from analysis of American slave narratives to 1980s cinema to ancient philosophical ideas on the nature of happiness. Courses are held at Loyola Maryland's main campus in Baltimore and at the graduate centers in nearby Columbia and Timonium.

Several Ways to Satisfy Degree Requirements

Graduate students in the liberal studies program may opt to take all 12 courses at Loyola University Maryland, or they may choose to transfer up to 6 qualifying credit hours from another university or from another graduate program within Loyola's College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Education.

Loyola University Maryland also has a cooperative program with Notre Dame of Maryland University. With the degree program director's approval, Loyola liberal studies graduate students may earn credit for up to 9 hours of coursework taken through the M.A.L.S. degree program at Notre Dame of Maryland.

Scholarships, Veterans' Benefits, and Work-Study Financial Aid Options

Loyola graduate students who graduated from a Sisters of Mercy-affiliated high school, as well as children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of Mount Saint Agnes graduates, are eligible to apply for the annual Mount Saint Agnes/Sisters of Mercy merit-based scholarship.

Loyola University Maryland participates in the Yellow Ribbon program to match GI Bill tuition and fee benefits for qualified military veterans. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in the Liberal Studies program each year. Each assistantship combines a scholarship award with a stipend in return for up to 15 hours each week of work.

Job Services and Alumni Resources

Loyola University Maryland's Career Services Center offers current students and alumni resources to help choose a career path and find a job. Center offerings such as job fairs, practice interviews, and resume writing classes help students polish their job-seeking skills, while Loyola's alumni career network, HireLoyola website, and LinkedIn workshops help students and graduates leverage their experience and connections to build their careers.

Student Life On and Off Campus

Loyola graduate students have access to help finding off-campus housing through partnerships with outside organizations. The Graduate Student Services center makes it easy to find on-campus resources as well, such as disability and minority support services, a women's center, and financial literacy assistance.

Loyola University Maryland's Fitness and Aquatic Center gives students the chance to stay in shape with personal training and group classes, and to enjoy exercise and social time playing intramural volleyball, soccer, softball, and other team sports. The center's Outdoor Adventure Experiences program offers day trips and longer outings featuring caving, kayaking, and other back-to-nature workouts.

The Graduate Student Organization at Loyola Maryland sponsors social and learning events including lunches, mixers, and retreats along with outings to university sports events and holiday festivals. More than half of Loyola's students also participate in the school's Center for Community Service and Justice projects. These include city programs in Baltimore, programs in other cities and international projects to combat hunger, homelessness, poverty, discrimination, and violence.

A Historic and Dynamic Urban Setting

In addition to Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore is home a dozen other institutions of higher learning, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins University. The city's location on the Patapsco River near Chesapeake Bay provides easy access to canoeing, fresh seafood, and sightseeing along the city's Inner Harbor, which also features museums and the National Aquarium.

The city is also home to a number of historic sites such as Fort McHenry, where a pivotal battle in the War of 1812 inspired the creation of the national anthem, the Edgar Allen Poe house and museum, and a collection of 4 National Historic Landmark ships.

Location & Contact

Department of Liberal Studies

Loyola College of Arts and Sciences
Loyola University Maryland

4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
United States

Dr. Randall Donaldson


Phone: 410-617-2299

Maureen Faux

Executive Director, Graduate Admissions

Phone: 410-617-5020
Fax: 410-617-2002

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Liberal Studies Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 12
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


81% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 11
    • Accepted 9
    • Acceptance Rate 81
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline December 1st September 1st Not Reported
    • Spring deadline May 1st February 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesessay, 2 recommendations, and transcripts, resume
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableGraduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students37
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students37
    • Part-time Percentage95%
    • Full-time Percentage5%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian78%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native3%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty4
    • Full-time Percentage25%
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Female Percentage0%
    • Male Percentage100%