Liberal Studies

Career Options

The MALS degree provides the knowledge — and the credentials — for secondary school teachers seeking a competitive edge in their careers and a higher standard of instruction in their classroom.

MALS Potential

Popular career choices for graduates of the MALS program include journalism, communications, public administration, theology, lobbying, writing, and business administration.  

Average Salaries

  • Secondary School Teacher                   $56,790
  • Public Relations Managers                     $57,600
  • Writers/Authors                                     $55,4000
  • Reporters/Correspondents                    $34,500
  • Public Administration (Managers)           $67,400

Additional Information

Teachers will find that the MALS curriculum aligns closely with their daily work as they learn fresh critical approaches, create “big picture” connections between subjects, and draw creative inspiration that they can bring directly back to their classrooms. This subject-area knowledge is a key distinction between the MALS program and graduate programs in education that emphasize general methodology and theory rather than specific content. A teacher who has engaged with subject-specific works at the graduate level can develop into a much stronger teacher, better prepared to work with diverse groups of students and meet evolving standards for student achievement, including writing instruction and assessment.  

Teachers also benefit from close interaction with professors who model the most effective ways to approach the liberal arts in the classroom. The program offers an ideal opportunity to discover interpretations of classic works and new styles of leading discussion.