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Master's Degree in Liberal Arts General Studies

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Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts General Studies

2,484 Yearly Graduations
$45,700 Median Salary
$45,125 Median Debt
There are 219 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in liberal arts. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 27% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.3% of liberal arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Liberal Arts Majors

In 2017-2018, 2,484 earned their master's degree in liberal arts. This earns it the #61 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in liberal arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 398,527
Undergraduate Certificate 65,701
Bachelor’s Degree 45,739
Basic Certificate 3,883
Master’s Degree 2,484
Graduate Certificate 327
Doctor’s Degree 93

Earnings of Liberal Arts Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in liberal arts is $45,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $41,000 to a high of $50,850.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in liberal arts is $45,125. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $53,968 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $31,447.

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The median monthly payment of a liberal arts graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $526.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in liberal arts. About 64.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 884
Women 1,600
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Liberal Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of liberal arts master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 294
Hispanic or Latino 216
White 1,474
International Students 156
Other Races/Ethnicities 278
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts Master's Degree Students

There are 219 colleges that offer a master’s degree in liberal arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

241 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for liberal arts students seekinga master's degree is University of Oklahoma Norman Campus. Roughly 28,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,683 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Oklahoma Norman Campus awarded 241 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
103 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Chicago comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 16,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,425 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $57,759 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Chicago awarded 103 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

95 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Fort Hays State University. Roughly 15,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,582 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 95 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from FHSU. About 52% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

86 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is CUNY Graduate School and University Center. Roughly 7,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,640 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 86 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from The Graduate Center. About 70% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
71 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Stony Brook University. Roughly 25,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,870 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 71 master's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at SUNY Stony Brook. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#6

New York University

New York, New York
70 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,888 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 70 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from NYU. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#7

Lesley University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
65 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Lesley University. Roughly 4,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $27,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,000 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 65 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from Lesley. Of these students, 86% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

61 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southern Methodist University. Roughly 11,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,364 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,896 per year.

The liberal arts program at Southern Methodist University awarded 61 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
45 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Arizona State University - Skysong. Each year, around 31,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,529 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,264 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 45 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from ASU - Skysong. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#10

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
41 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Memphis comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 21,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,054 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Memphis awarded 41 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 66% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
40 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Pennsylvania. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,882 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Pennsylvania awarded 40 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 70% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
39 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas Christian University. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $46,860 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,340 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 39 master's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at TCU. About 56% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Tiffin University

Tiffin, Ohio
39 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tiffin University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $24,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,600 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 39 master's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Tiffin University. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

#12

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
39 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in liberal arts. Roughly 19,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,422 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,219 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 39 master's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at UNC Greensboro. About 72% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
38 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Duke University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in liberal arts. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,540 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 38 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from Duke. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

37 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is California State University - Dominguez Hills. Roughly 16,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 37 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from California State University - Dominguez Hills. About 57% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
36 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Dartmouth College. Each year, around 6,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,496 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,496 per year.

The liberal arts program at Dartmouth College awarded 36 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 69% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
34 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Johns Hopkins University. Each year, around 25,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,740 per year.

The liberal arts program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 34 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 59% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
33 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Tennessee Technological University. Each year, around 10,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,488 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,040 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 33 people received their master's degree in liberal arts from Tennessee Tech University. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#19

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
33 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their master's degree is Middle Tennessee State University. Roughly 21,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,032 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,496 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 33 master's degree were handed out to liberal arts majors at Middle Tennessee State University. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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