Master of Arts in Liberal Studies / Learner-Designed Area of Study
Thomas Edison State University

Program Details

The learner-designed area of study (LDAS) gives students the opportunity to choose areas of interest to them and to plan and implement their own academically robust learning activities. Students develop a coherent plan of study in the liberal arts that can link directly to their final Capstone project. Students may propose to complete their learner-designed area of study in several ways:

  • Take additional online graduate courses from Thomas Edison State University
  • Apply up to 12 credits of American Council on Education courses that have been evaluated at the graduate level
  • Develop a graduate-level Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio
  • Transfer up to 12 credits of graduate-level credit earned at other regionally accredited institutions


  • A bachelors degree
  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Background and Goals 

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education