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Q: Continuing Education Degree -- Ancient Guy Needs More Schooling ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Continuing Education Degree -- Ancient Guy Needs More Schooling
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: nronronronro-ga
List Price: $35.00
Posted: 03 May 2003 01:03 PDT
Expires: 02 Jun 2003 01:03 PDT
Question ID: 198760
I would like to go back to college.  I already have a BA and an MBA,
but would like to study more interesting topics this time around.

Most universities have Continuing Education departments that offer
evening classes for those like me...Old Guys With Jobs.  But I recently
found a program at Stanford University (Master of Liberal Arts
in Continuing Studies) which actually grants a degree for continuing
education.  Takes 4-5 years part-time, and that's fine with me.

Here's the Google Question:  please provide 3-4 web links listing
other universities around the country that provide broad-based
(interdisciplinary) degrees.  Would be best if these degree programs
are designed for working adults like me who can only attend part-time
and in the evenings.

I am not geographically limited, and would like to know if there are
any "unusual" learning programs with which I am not familiar.

All comments greatly appreciated.  
"Weird" and out-of-the-box ideas would be especially valuable to me...

Thx!  ron
Subject: Re: Continuing Education Degree -- Ancient Guy Needs More Schooling
Answered By: sldreamer-ga on 03 May 2003 21:40 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi nronronronro,

There are several universities and colleges around the country that
offer a program similar to the Stanford one that you mentioned.  This
type of program is most commonly known as a Master of Arts in Liberal
Studies program.  Here are some of the schools that offer such a

Northwestern University

"The School of Continuing Studies, in collaboration with the Graduate
School at Northwestern University, offers two part-time graduate
humanities programs: the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and
the Master of Arts in Literature (MALit).

These programs provide part-time evening students access to
graduate-level study in the humanities. They attract diverse student
populations from accountants to writers, from teachers to physicians.
Some students pursue the degree programs to advance their careers,
others to explore the humanities in greater depth, and still others to
go on to advanced graduate study."

Stony Brook

"The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program is Stony Brook
University's first and foremost part-time graduate program. The MA/LS
is a 33-credit interdisciplinary degree program that examines issues
and themes in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences,
and natural and applied sciences. This degree is acceptable as a
functionally-relevant degree which may be used to achieve professional
certification through the New York State Education Department. The
program is offered primarily for adult students who seek educational
enrichment and professional development on a part-time evening basis.
The MA/LS does not specifically serve as a prerequisite for a more
advanced degree.

The MA/LS degree program is also available in a completely online
learning environment. Never come to campus, take all of your courses
over the Internet, earn your master's degree at your convenience. For
more information, click here to visit the MA/LS Online degree program.
This program is also accredited by the New York State Education

Here is the link to the MA/LS Online degree program:

University of Miami

"For the returning student who seeks to develop the critical thinking
that marks a truly educated person, the MALS program offers
individualized study that cuts across academic boundaries,
conveniently scheduled classes for the adult student, and a curriculum
that allows you to proceed at your own pace."

"With the assistance of an academic advisor, students can design their
own individualized course of study. The core curriculum of 9 credits
provides students with a broad understanding of cultural backgrounds
and lays the groundwork for the additional 21 credits of elective
interdisciplinary study that completes the degree. These core courses
are conveniently scheduled in the evenings to accommodate the adult

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"The MA in Liberal Studies is a program of evening courses in the
humanities designed for adult and returning students who are seeking
to enhance their general education in the liberal arts at the graduate
level. Its goal is to instill and develop the character of mind that
defines independent thought: disciplined analytic abilities, respect
for differing ideas, and a desire to grasp complex ideas accurately
and communicate them to others. We do this primarily through critical
readings of central texts, but the program also offers arts events and
opportunities for international travel."

Dartmouth College

"The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College is
designed for students who want to engage in both directed and
independent work on subjects that are not bound by the curricula of
traditional disciplines. The directed study is generally
interdisciplinary, where two professors from different disciplines
team-teach a course. Imagine taking a course on democracy team-taught
by a professor from the philosophy department and a professor of
government, or a course on ancient poetry taught by a classicist and a
poet. The independent study component offers students the opportunity
to take the initiative in identifying topics of interest and studying
them on a one-to-one basis with an independent study advisor who is an
expert in the field."

"Our student body spans a fifty-year age range, a multitude of
undergraduate backgrounds, and numerous professional orientations.
Traditionally designed as a program of intellectual development for
classroom teachers, M.A.L.S. now includes individuals from the private
sector, law, journalism, healthcare, non-profit organizations, the
arts, as well as recent college graduates preparing for advanced
graduate work at the doctoral level. Most students are seeking a
program that will allow them the flexibility to explore issues beyond
one discipline, to augment areas of knowledge that they may consider
to be weak in their own background, to test their creativity through
writing, or to solidify their academic foundation before pursuing a
more focused program of study. While nearly half of our students
attend M.A.L.S. on a full-time, year-round basis, many still take
courses on a part-time basis while continuing to work in the region.
In addition, we continue to offer the summers-only enrollment option
to teachers and other professionals who cannot attend during the
academic year."

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

"The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is an interdisciplinary
graduate degree program at Brooklyn College. Its small,
discussion-oriented classes offer multiple perspectives on the theme
of human nature as it has been considered during different historical
periods and in different cultures. These viewpoints are taken from
such diverse disciplines as communications, the humanities, and the
social, natural, and computer sciences. In studying these
perspectives, students receive a broad background in the liberal arts
and sciences, enabling them to understand modern developments in these

"The Program welcomes part-time and full-time students. It attracts
adult students of all backgrounds who recognize that learning is a
lifelong process. They seek intellectual stimulation and independence,
personal and professional growth that are not always available in more
traditional, discipline-based courses of study. Students have included
an engineer, the administrator of a drug rehabilitation program, an
associate college registrar, a home-restoration specialist, a lawyer,
teachers, a corporate art department director, etc. MALS is ideally
suited to students who have daytime responsibilities. All courses meet
in the evening."

University of Michigan

"You took the classes you had to take to earn your Bachelor's degree
and start you on your career. Now you have reached the point at which
you can take the classes you want to take, for the joy of learning,
for the excitement of intellectual discovery. That's another kind of
educational experience, and that's the point of the Master of Arts in
Liberal Studies degree program offered at the University of

Make no mistake, it will be challenging, but our current students say
that it is also a thoroughly enriching and rewarding experience. The
interdisciplinary courses will develop your critical thinking skills
and intellectual flexibility, and you will become more knowledgeble
about yourself as well. The program offers focused tracks as well as
the opportunity to develop your own individualized track, and all
required courses are offered during the evening to accommodate those
with busy schedules."

Duke University

"The mission of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is to
provide the motivated adult with opportunities to explore new subjects
and to apply fresh perspectives from a variety of disciplines. The
broad scope of the program allows students to choose from a wide range
of courses not available in traditional graduate programs. Its
structure is flexible enough so that students can meet personal and
professional educational goals. The resulting interdisciplinary
experience extends students' intellectual resources and range;
promotes openness to new ideas and tolerance for differences;
stimulates students to find connections between their learning and
their personal and professional lives; and encourages a lifelong
commitment to learning, free inquiry, and the life of the mind."


Those are just a few of the schools that offer the type of program
that you are seeking.  You can find a lot more by browsing through the
following Google search results:

Google search with keywords: "master of arts in liberal studies"

I have not been able to find any "unusual" Master of Arts in Liberal
Studies programs.  However, I did find the following web site that has
a lot of good information on adult education: Adult/Continuing Education

In particular, you may find the following pages useful:

Free Learning

Independent Study

Older Learners

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nronronronro-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Terrific answer !  Very helpful.
Thank you very much.

Subject: Re: Continuing Education Degree -- Ancient Guy Needs More Schooling
From: sldreamer-ga on 04 May 2003 02:55 PDT
Hi ron,

I'm glad I was able to help.  Thank you for the 5-star rating!


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