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Liberal Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (QS) Online
The Liberal Studies program represents The City University of New York ’s first online BA in the liberal arts and sciences. Unlike most majors, which emphasize the mastery of a single discipline, Liberal Studies affirms the intellectual and professional value of learning to think across conventional disciplinary lines.
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Overview

Liberal Studies majors at The City University of New York  take classes in a variety of subjects, including English, history, philosophy, music, math, and the social and natural sciences.

Through their coursework, students gain important content knowledge and have the opportunity to master the “soft skills” of writing, collaboration, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis—competencies highly sought after by employers. 

Our array of foundational and elective courses are anchored by a Liberal Studies Pro-Seminar, which introduces the major, and a Capstone experience, which showcases learning obtained in the program through an ePortfolio. Along the way, students also identify a core area of study: Literature and Communication, History and Global Studies, or Ethics and Quantitative Reasoning.

Career Prospects

  • The BA in Liberal Studies equips students for careers in any number of fields, including education, law, communications and marketing, and the government and non-profit sectors. The degree also provides a strong foundation for further graduate study.
  • Our program deliberately emphasizes sought-after competencies, recognizing the widespread demand among employers for graduates who can think critically, read and research carefully, communicate clearly, and write persuasively. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Mass Media Ethics 
  • Microeconomics
  • American History and Culture 
  • Modern Art in the City 
  • Writing for Electronic Media 
  • World Literature 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants should have a minimum of 24 earned credits from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all previous colleges, universities, or proprietary schools you have attended since high school must be submitted, whether or not you intend to request transfer credit.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better is required for transfer admission to CUNY SPS.
  • To gain admission to CUNY SPS, students must satisfy the reading, writing, and mathematics basic skills requirements. 
  • A personal essay of at least 250 words is part of the application process.
  • Unless a currently enrolled CUNY student, to submit your application, you must pay a $70 non-refundable processing fee. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6930 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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