Online Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies Program Guide

Develop in-demand skills for today’s careers. The job marketplace is more competitive than ever, and organizations are looking for critical thinkers who can communicate effectively, drive culture, design strategies, and solve workplace challenges.

Maryville University online bachelor’s in liberal studies provides an opportunity to develop a well-rounded skill set that can help you qualify as a thought leader for a number of careers.

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At a glance

Access coursework 100% online

Connect with a faculty of humanities and social science experts who can offer career guidance

Prepare to work in management, communications, public service, education, and other settings

Personalize your program with a choice of several professional disciplines

Eligible for Early Access — get ahead start on your graduate degree

Apply with no application fees and entrance exam


Maryville’s online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is composed of a 128-credit curriculum that includes general education courses (51 credits), liberal studies core courses (30 credits), professional concentration courses (18 credits), and general electives (29 credits).

Liberal Studies Major Courses

Build your foundation in the humanities and social sciences to help broaden your worldview and strengthen your cultural competencies. Study history, philosophy, economics, art history, literature, social science, and other areas as they relate to modern culture — and your career aspirations.

Our program covers two discipline areas: Humanities and Social Science. In addition, you can complement your liberal arts experience by selecting a professional concentration.

Develop your concentration based on your personal interests and professional ambitions with courses in accounting, business administration, communication, criminal justice/criminology, cybersecurity, financial services, forensic psychology, healthcare management, management information systems, marketing, or organizational leadership.

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry demands. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

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Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (high school) / 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (college)*
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended
  • Official high school transcript (required for applicants with fewer than 60 transfer hours from a regionally accredited school)
  • Eligible transfer credits accepted; associate degree completion may satisfy general education requirements
    • Click to view our transfer credit policy
    • The acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of Maryville University
  • No standardized tests required

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission

Explore our additional resources to help guide your admissions journey.

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Ranked a “Best National University” for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report

Why Maryville Online?

We’ve been progressively challenging the norms of higher education for nearly 150 years. We started as one of the first universities to educate women. Today, we continue to push the boundaries and prepare students like you for a digital world. At Maryville, we understand what it takes to step beyond your comfort zone.

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success — both online and on campus. We’re located just 22 miles from downtown St. Louis.

Enhance your skills. Broaden your career.

Work in a variety of settings including:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Corporate Communications
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Management
  • Government
  • Nonprofits
  • Public Service

Career opportunities include:

  • Business Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Public Relations Director
  • Communications Director
  • Librarian
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Policy Research and Development Specialist
  • Urban Planner/City Manager

Early Access program

Did you know that Maryville undergraduates can qualify for graduate level credits? Once you are accepted — and as long as you have not yet completed your elective requirements — we invite you to explore Early Access as an option. Through Early Access, you can get a head start on earning a graduate degree by taking master’s-level courses that count toward your undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate-level Early Access courses are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate — so you can save time and money.

You can learn more at our Early Access page.

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