Students who pursue the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at Wichita State University are typically highly motivated, disciplined, and independent. Many have relatively narrow professional or technical undergraduate degrees and have found that the demands of their careers require a broader-based education. Others are passionately interested in problems or issues which cross the boundaries of traditional academic departments. Still other students simply want to pursue advanced personal learning in order to add coherence to their intellectual lives.

Students of all ages are increasingly drawn to the flexibility and relevance of the MALS program. While the average MALS student is in her/his late thirties, students range in age from 21 to 69. In any given semester, there are between 35 and 50 students enrolled in classes. Normally, 5 to 10 students are admitted to the MALS program each semester.

Liberal studies graduates can be found in many areas. They teach in public and private schools and at community and small four-year colleges. They work in management, marketing, and communications. They are in public policy positions, university support services, health care facilities, community services, art galleries, museums and zoos. Employers have discovered that employees with highly specialized degrees often lack the breadth of knowledge and critical thinking abilities needed to function effectively at higher levels of employment. MALS graduates are prepared to solve problems from an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective.