Master of Liberal Studies

Explore civilization’s most influential texts while developing the skills needed to engage with and respond to today’s most pressing issues. By analyzing and interpreting influential work in the arts, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion, and the sciences, you’ll learn how to draw critical connections between the past and present.

At Rollins, you’ll learn from expert faculty in a personalized learning environment that’s designed to maximize engagement and support as you develop new ways of thinking and perhaps discover a newfound purpose. Our small, in-person classes are conveniently offered in the evenings, and the program follows a cohort model to foster dialogue in the classroom and an intellectual community that lasts well beyond graduation. By the completion of your degree, you’ll be prepared to further your career, pursue advanced graduate school, and leave your mark on the world.

Why Rollins?

  1. Top-Ranked Reputation

    Rollins’ ranking as the No. 1 regional university in the South underscores the high-quality experience you can expect on our Winter Park campus and the prestigious weight a Rollins degree carries not only in Orlando but throughout Florida and across the country.

  2. Travelers, Not Tourists

    Led by our expert faculty, our annual field study has enabled students to travel as far abroad as Cuba, Greece, Israel, and Turkey to pursue knowledge in a global context.

  3. Personalized Learning Environment

    With an average class size of fewer than 10, our in-person learning environment is designed to maximize engagement and support, and thanks to our 10:1 student-faculty ratio, our expert professors have the freedom to focus on you.

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Where Can Your Liberal Studies Degree Take You?

Leveraging the interpretive, analytical, and communication skills gained in Rollins’ MLS program, our grads pursue a range of careers across diverse industries and are prepared to thrive in a rapidly evolving marketplace.

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An Exploration of the World’s Greatest Works, Ideas, and Thinkers

Our Master of Liberal Studies curriculum is designed to help you develop intellectual awareness and key competencies through studying the great ideas of civilization.

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Expert Faculty

Not only do our award-winning faculty members shape students into critical readers and thinkers who are prepared to address challenging social issues, but they also foster an intellectual network and work one on one with students during the thesis component of the program, providing a deeper understanding of a primary source or guidance on a creative work.

Master of Liberal Studies Program

1000 Holt Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2037

Connect with Faculty

  • Todd French

    Todd French, PhD

    Associate Professor of Religion
    Director, Master of Liberal Studies Program

    Areas of focus: Church history, social theory, Syriac hagiography, and the history of Western cultures

  • Tom Cook

    Tom Cook, PhD

    Professor of Philosophy

    Areas of focus: History of philosophy, philosophy of the mind, and metaphysical issues such as the nature of self and human freedom

  • Rachel Newcomb

    Rachel Newcomb, PhD

    Professor of Anthropology

    Areas of focus: Cultural and applied/public anthropology, Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, modernity, globalization, and identity