Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.)

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a 31-hour graduate program.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Analyze knowledge of the literature of the discipline of two areas of study by examining the interdisciplinary relationship of each discipline.
  • Integrate biblical principles through a professional and interdisciplinary context.
  • Synthesize the knowledge gained from their study across disciplines.

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. TOEFL (if applicable)

Students who do not meet the minimum Good Standing GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status. Students who have an undergraduate GPA below 2.00 will not be admitted to the program.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 15 credit hours from an accredited institution subject to department approval. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of C-, and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Delivery Format: Online Only

A total of 15 credit hours can be transferred into the program to apply to Area of Study I or Area of Study II. This will be dependent upon the student’s transfer evaluation.

Graduate School Electives may be selected from any course on the Area of Study Guide not already applying to the degree.

To Review the Transfer Areas of Study, please see the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Transfer Areas of Study Guide

Applied Linguistics

Primary Area of Study 1
MLAN 519Second Language Acquisition3
TESL 600Introduction to TESL3
LING 630Applied Linguistics I3
LING 633Applied Linguistics II3
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1
TESL 600Introduction to TESL3
LING 630Applied Linguistics I3
LING 633Applied Linguistics II3
Total Hours9
1

Applied Linguistics cannot be paired with the Teaching English as Second Language or Linguistics areas of study. 

Business

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Executive Leadership, Non-Profit Organization, Project Management, Supply Chain Logistics & Geography12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Executive Leadership, Non-Profit Organization, Project Management, Supply Chain Logistics & Geography9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
1

Choose the business area of study from the following options.

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in business. 

Business Areas of Study

Executive Leadership
BMAL 500Organizational Behavior3
BMAL 501Strategic Leadership and Management3
BMAL 504Leading Organizational Change3
BMAL 550Effective Executive Communication3
BMAL 590Business Common Professional Components3
BMAL 603Entrepreneurship3
LEAD 510Biblical Foundations of Leadership3
LEAD 520The Life of Leaders3
LEAD 610Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution3
LEAD 620Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning3
Non-Profit Organization
BMAL 602Non-profit Management3
BUSI 520Strategic Marketing Management3
MGMT 527Leading Project Teams3
WRIT 601Grant Writing3
Project Management
BUSI 611Operations Management for Health Organizations3
or BUSI 650 Operations Management
BUSI 680Advanced Project Management I3
BUSI 681Advanced Project Management II3
BUSI 682Global Project Management3
Supply Chain Logistics & Geography 1
BUSI 613Supply Chain Management3
BUSI 615Logistics3
BUSI 616Total Quality Management3
GEOG 630Transport Geography3
1

Student may not select Geography Area of Study I or Area of Study II if Supply Chain Logistics & Geography is selected

Communication

Primary Area of Study
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Communication Theory and Practices
Media Technologies and Communication Strategies
Communication in Christian Ministry
Communication and Conflict
Organizational Communication
Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study
Choose nine hours from the following:9
Communication Theory and Practices
Media Technologies and Communication Strategies
Communication in Christian Ministry
Communication and Conflict
Organizational Communication
Strategic Communication Campaigns for the Digital Age
Total Hours9

Counseling

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Crisis Counseling, Life Coaching, Marriage & Family, Military Resilience, and Pastoral Counseling12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Crisis Counseling, Life Coaching, Marriage & Family, Military Resilience, and Pastoral Counseling9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
Total Hours9
1

Choose the religion area of study from the following options. 

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in counseling. 

Counseling Areas of Study

Crisis Counseling
CRIS 605Crisis and First Responder Training: Skills and Techniques3
CRIS 606Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma3
CRIS 607PTSD and Combat Related Trauma3
CRIS 608Trauma Assessment and Interventions3
CRIS 609Complex Trauma and Disasters: Offering Emotional and Spiritual Care3
Life Coaching
LIFC 501Introduction to Life Coaching3
LIFC 502Advanced Life Coaching Skills3
LIFC 601Health and Wellness Coaching3
LIFC 602Marriage Coaching3
LIFC 603Financial Life Coaching3
LIFC 604Leadership Professional Life Coaching3
Marriage & Family
HSMF 601Marriage and Family Counseling I3
HSMF 603Premarital and Marital Counseling3
HSMF 611Counseling Children and Their Families3
HSMF 620Counseling Adolescents and Their Families3
HSMF 687Counseling Women3
Military Resilience
CEFS 504Multicultural Counseling3
CEFS 687Counseling Women3
CRIS 605Crisis and First Responder Training: Skills and Techniques3
MILT 525Advanced Resilience for Leaders and Caregivers3
MILT 575Resilient Marriage and Family3
MILT 625Military Career and Community Transition3
MILT 675Advanced Military Mental and Behavioral Health3
Pastoral Counseling
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 501Foundational Doctrines for Pastoral Counselors3
PACO 506Integration of Psychology and Theology3
PACO 507Theology and Spirituality in Counseling3
PACO 611Counseling the Child and Their Families3
PACO 620Counseling the Adolescent and Their Families3
PACO 630Gerontology and Counseling3

Education

Primary Area of Study
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Learning Theory
Human Development Across the Lifespan
Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities
Foundations of Education
Instructional Methods for Behavior and Learning
Leadership and Supervision in Education
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study
Choose nine hours from the following:9
Learning Theory
Human Development Across the Lifespan
Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities
Foundations of Education
Instructional Methods for Behavior and Learning
Leadership and Supervision in Education
Total Hours9

English & Writing

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Composition, English Literature, Research Administration & Sponsored Programs, Writing12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Composition, English Literature, Research Administration & Sponsored Programs, Writing9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
Total Hours9
1

Choose the English and writing area of study from the following options. 

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in English and writing. 

English and Writing Areas of Study

Compostion Primary Area of Study
ENGL 601Writing as Cultural Engagement3
ENGL 607Composition Studies3
Choose six hours from the following:6
Classical Rhetoric
Editing and Publishing
Modern Rhetoric
Methods of Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
Composition Secondary Area of Study
ENGL 607Composition Studies3
Choose six hours from the following:6
Classical Rhetoric
Editing and Publishing
Writing as Cultural Engagement
Modern Rhetoric
Methods of Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
English Literature 1,2
500-600 Level ENGL Elective3
500-600 Level ENGL Elective3
500-600 Level ENGL Elective3
500-600 Level ENGL Elective3
1

Choose 12 hours of ENGL courses for a primary area of study or 9 hours for a secondary area of study

2

Students cannot apply ENGL 570, ENGL 600, ENGL 601, ENGL 607, ENGL 608, or ENGL 654 to this area of study. 

Research Administration and Sponsored Programs 1
WRIT 601Grant Writing3
500-600 Level RASP Elective3
1

WRIT 601 is required along with 9 hours of RASP course for a primary area of study or 6 hours for a secondary area of study

Writing
500-600 Level WRIT Elective 13
1

Choose 12 hours of WRIT courses for a primary area of study or 9 hours for a secondary area of study

Ethnomusicology

Primary Area of Study 1
500-600 Level ETHM Elective3
500-600 Level ETHM Elective3
500-600 Level ETHM Elective3
500-600 Level ETHM Elective3
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1
500-600 Level ETHM Elective3
500-600 Level ETHM Elective3
500-600 Level ETHM Elective3
Total Hours9
1

Students in the Ethnomusicology area of study cannot combine this course of study with the Music & Worship area of study.

Exercise Science

Primary Area of Study
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Advanced Strength Development
Advanced Speed and Agility
Advanced Conditioning & Recovery
Motor Learning and Performance
Exercise and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
Public Health and Physical Activity
Promoting Physical Activity in the Community
Fitness Assessment and Programming
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study
Choose nine hours from the following:9
Advanced Strength Development
Advanced Speed and Agility
Advanced Conditioning & Recovery
Motor Learning and Performance
Exercise and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities
Public Health and Physical Activity
Promoting Physical Activity in the Community
Fitness Assessment and Programming
Total Hours9

Family Studies

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Family & Consumer Sciences and Family Studies12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Family & Consumer Sciences and Family Studies9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
1

Choose the family studies area of study from the following options.

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in family studies. 

Family Studies Areas of Study

Family and Consumer Sciences 1
500-600 Level FACS Elective
1

Choose 12 hours of FACS courses for a primary area of study or 9 hours for a secondary area of study

Family Studies Primary Area of Study
DSMN 610Family Discipleship3
FACS 510Administration of the Contemporary Family3
FACS 570Family Wellness3
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
or DBFA 610 Divorce, Marriage and Blended Families
Total Hours12
Family Studies Secondary Area of Study
DSMN 610Family Discipleship3
FACS 510Administration of the Contemporary Family3
FACS 570Family Wellness3
Total Hours9

Geographic Sciences

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Geographic Information Systems and Geography12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Geographic Information Systems and Geography9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
Total Hours9
1

Choose the geographic sciences area of study from the following options. 

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in geographic sciences.

 Geographic Sciences Areas of Study

Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 502Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
GEOG 640Remote Sensing3
GEOG 641GIS for Urban Planning 13
GEOG 642GIS for Disaster Management 13
1

Take GEOG 641 and GEOG 642 if a primary area study is desired or choose between GEOG 641 or GEOG 642 if a secondary area of study is desired

Geography 1
500-600 Level GEOG Elective3
1

Choose 12 hours of GEOG courses for a primary area of study or 9 hours for a secondary area of study

Government

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Criminal Justice, International Relations, or American Government12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Criminal Justice, International Relations, or American Government9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
Total Hours9
1

Choose the government area of study from the following options. 

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in government. 

Government Areas of Study

Criminal Justice
CJUS 500Criminal Justice Integration3
CJUS 520Administration of Justice Organizations3
CJUS 530Human Resource Management in Criminal Justice Organizations3
CJUS 550Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice3
CJUS 601Criminal Justice Program Evaluation3
CJUS 610Leadership, Ethics and Policing3
International Relations
PPOG 504Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance3
PPOG 506Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy3
PPOG 640Middle East Law and Policy3
PPOG 641U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy3
PPOL 501Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy3
PPOL 631Message, Media and Political Communication3
American Government
PADM 501Fundamentals of Public Administration3
PADM 550Public Policy Analysis3
PPOG 502Economics and Public Policy3
PPOG 503Political Philosophy3
PPOG 504Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance3
PPOG 624Presidential Leadership3
PPOL 501Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy3
PPOL 631Message, Media and Political Communication3

History and Public History

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Composition, English Literature, Research Administration & Sponsored Programs, Writing12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Composition, English Literature, Research Administration & Sponsored Programs, Writing9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
Total Hours9
1

Choose the history and public history area of study from the following options. 

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in history and public history.

History and Public History Areas of Study

History
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study 13
Total Hours3
1

Choose 12 hours of HIEU, HIST, HIUS, HIWD courses for a primary area of study or 9 hours for a secondary area of study

Public History Primary Area of Study
HIST 505Theories of Public History3
HIST 611Conservation and Preservation3
HIST 705Local History Research3
HIST 706Digital History3
Total Hours12
Public History Secondary Area of Study
HIST 505Theories of Public History3
HIST 611Conservation and Preservation3
HIST 705Local History Research3
or HIST 706 Digital History
Total Hours9

Linguistics

Primary Area of Study 1
500-600 Level LANG or LING Elective3
500-600 Level LANG or LING Elective3
500-600 Level LING Elective3
500-600 Level LING Elective3
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1
500-600 Level LANG or LING Elective3
500-600 Level LANG or LING Elective 13
500-600 Level LING Elective3
Total Hours9
1

Students in the linguistics area of study cannot combine this course of study with the applied linguistics or Teaching English as a Second Language areas of study. 

Mathematics

Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level MATH Elective3
500-600 Level MATH Elective3
500-600 Level MATH Elective3
500-600 Level MATH Elective3
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level MATH Elective3
500-600 Level MATH Elective3
500-600 Level MATH Elective3
Total Hours9

Music & Worship Studies

Primary Area of Study 1
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Anthropology of Music
Worship and Culture
Applied Ethnomusicology
Foundations of Music Education
Music in America
History and Philosophy of Music Education in America
A History of Worship Music
Biblical Foundations of Worship
The Role of the Worship Leader
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1
Choose nine hours from the following:9
Anthropology of Music
Worship and Culture
Applied Ethnomusicology
Foundations of Music Education
Music in America
History and Philosophy of Music Education in America
A History of Worship Music
Biblical Foundations of Worship
The Role of the Worship Leader
Total Hours9
1

Students in the Music & Worship area of study cannot combine this course of study with the Ethnomusicology area of study.

Public & Community Health

Primary Area of Study
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Introduction to Public Health
Public Health Administration
Social and Behavioral Theory Applications in Public Health
Issues in Public and Community Health
Grant Acquisition and Management
Politics and Health Policy
Cultural Aspects of Health Behavior
Principles of Community Health
Perspectives on Healthy Aging
Principles of Nutrition
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study
Choose nine hours from the following:9
Introduction to Public Health
Public Health Administration
Social and Behavioral Theory Applications in Public Health
Issues in Public and Community Health
Grant Acquisition and Management
Politics and Health Policy
Cultural Aspects of Health Behavior
Principles of Community Health
Perspectives on Healthy Aging
Principles of Nutrition
Total Hours9

Psychology

Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level PSYC Elective3
500-600 Level PSYC Elective3
500-600 Level PSYC Elective3
500-600 Level PSYC Elective3
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level PSYC Elective3
500-600 Level PSYC Elective3
500-600 Level PSYC Elective3
Total Hours9

Religion

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Discipleship & Evangelism, Global Studies, Old Testatment, New Testament, or Theology & Apologetics12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Discipleship & Evangelism, Global Studies, Old Testatment, New Testament, or Theology & Apologetics9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
Total Hours9
1

Choose the religion area of study from the following options. 

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in religion. 

Religion Areas of Study

Discipleship & Evangelism
DSMN 500Discipleship Ministries3
DSMN 520Spiritual Formation3
DSMN 610Family Discipleship3
DSMN 630Small Group Ministries3
DSMN 660Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church3
EVAN 500Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches3
EVAN 510Evangelism and the Growing Church3
EVAN 525Contemporary Evangelism3
LEAD 620Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning3
Global Studies
GLST 500Global Studies Survey3
GLST 525Introduction to Islam3
GLST 600Cultural Anthropology3
GLST 620History of Global Christianity3
GLST 630Current Issues in Global Studies3
GLST 650Intercultural Communication3
New Testament
NBST 515New Testament Orientation I3
NBST 520New Testament Orientation II3
NBST 610Hermeneutics3
NBST 620Pastoral Epistles3
NBST/OBST 680New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes3
Old Testament
OBST 515Old Testament Orientation I3
OBST 520Old Testament Orientation II3
OBST 650Genesis3
OBST 660Psalms3
OBST 661Isaiah3
OBST/NBST 680New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes3
Theology & Apologetics
APOL 500Introduction to Apologetics3
APOL 525Pluralism and World Religions3
APOL 610Miracles3
THEO 525Systematic Theology I3
THEO 530Systematic Theology II3
THEO 610Biblical Theology3

Spanish

Secondary Area of Study
SPAN 501Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition3
SPAN 503Second Language Acquisition and Methodology3
SPAN 505Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World3
Total Hours9

Sport Management

Primary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Outdoor Adventure Sport & Tourism Management or Sport Business and Leadership12
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Primary Area of Study
Total Hours12
Secondary Area of Study 1, 2
Choose one discipline from the following areas of study: Outdoor Adventure Sport & Tourism Management or Sport Business and Leadership9
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
500-600 Level Elective in the Secondary Area of Study
Total Hours9
1

Choose the sport management area of study from the following options. 

2

Students may not choose a primary and a secondary area of study in sport management. 

Sport Management Areas of Study

Outdoor Adventure Sport & Tourism Management
SMGT 611Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Sport3
SMGT 612Outdoor Adventure Programming3
SMGT 613Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Adventure Sport3
TOUR 601Current Issues and Theories for Hospitality and Tourism Management3
TOUR 602Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Strategy3
TOUR 603Sport and Event Tourism Planning And Impacts3
Sport Business & Leadership
SMGT 501Social Issues in Sport Management3
SMGT 502Sport Marketing and Public Relations3
SMGT 504Foundations of Sport Outreach3
SMGT 506Economics and Financial Management of Sport3
SMGT 631Sport Event and Facility Management3
SMGT 633Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations3
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