College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Program > Graduate Programs > Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Program (MA/MS)
Our interdisciplinary master’s degree programs emphasize liberal studies education and enhance your intellectual skills. You’ll design your own program, which will allow you to study multiple academic disciplines, including traditional humanities, social sciences, education, business, computing and digital media.
We offer the following master’s degree options within the Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Program:
Courses are offered on weekday evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in two years.
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program is for you if:
Interdisciplinary Studies: MA vs. MS
(If the number is equal, you can choose the MA or the MS)
MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) program is for you if:
You’ll study and engage with Chicago both in and out of your classroom. Take advantage of research and service-learning opportunities in a vibrant urban environment. And leverage DePaul’s connections with corporations large and small, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and cultural institutions that call Chicago home.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Submit an online application, official transcripts and letters of recommendation. MALS applicants will submit an essay. IDS applicants will submit a statement of purpose and proposed list of courses. An interview may also be required.
You’ll take 48 to 52 quarter hours depending on your concentration and completion option.
of 2018 graduates surveyed were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation
of employed 2017 LAS graduates are in a job related to their degree
Spend your time learning and working alongside a diverse group of faculty including David Gitomer, PhD, who is an associate professor and director of the interdisciplinary self-designed program. He previously studied with pandits in India and conducted manuscript research throughout South Asia, which has helped him to become a specialist in the religions and literatures of pre-modern South Asia. Dr. Gitomer is one of the many examples of knowledgeable faculty you'll have the opportunity to learn from at DePaul.
“I have an insatiable desire to learn and explore interesting topics. This program allowed me to task my intellect—to nourish and to feed it. The MALS program gave me the tools I need to deftly handle any challenges and obstacles. The interdisciplinary courses taught me to see every issue from multiple perspectives. And I think this sets me apart from my technically trained peers.”
You’ll join a diverse network of 180,000 DePaul University alumni working in Chicago and around the world, giving you opportunities to connect with fellow graduates at companies and organizations like Allstate, Tribune Media, KPMG and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Programs award a limited number of partial tuition awards for graduate students. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at
(773) 325-7315 or
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