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Potential MALS Degree Timeline

This is a hypothetical timeline that shows how a student can complete the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program at Thomas Edison State University in about 18 months.

To demonstrate how you could progress through the program over an 18-month period, we are using the January term as your first term and move through the program during the four graduate terms offered each year. Each term is 12 weeks.

The timeline is informational in nature and does not represent an actual program plan. Enrolled graduate students work with our deans and academic advisors to develop a program plan that maps out how a student will complete their degree and whether they can transfer previously earned graduate credits or earn graduate credit for what they know through prior learning assessment.

Term (runs for 12 weeks) Courses To Take
First Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of January
  • LAP-500: The Liberal Arts and Professional Life (3 credits)
  • SAM-501: Sense of Community I: Art and Morality (3 credits)
Second Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of April
  • SAM-502: Sense of Community II: Faith and Reason (3 credits)
  • CCR-610: Change, Conflict and Resolution (3 credits)
Third Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of July
  • SIC-520: The Species, The Individual and Community (3 credits)
  • THC-625: Technology and the Human Community (3 credits)
Fourth Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of October
  • MALS Elective (3 credits)
  • MALS Elective (3 credits)
Fifth Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of January
  • MLS-700 Capstone I (3 credits)
  • MALS Elective (3 credits)
Sixth Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of April
  • MLS-710 Capstone II (3 credits)
  • MALS Elective (3 credits)