News Ranks UNCW MALS Program 7th Among Nation’s Top Programs

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

UNCW’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is ranked 7th on a list of Best Online Master’s in Liberal Arts 2018, as selected by the website The university is the only North Carolina institution on the list of the 15 best programs.

“Our experience in teaching distance education courses since 2009 led us to develop this fully online program that is accessible to adult learners, military personnel and their families and college graduates from a variety of majors,” said Patricia Turrisi, graduate liberal studies director and associate professor of philosophy and religion. “The MALS faculty and staff focus on developing students' research skills and abilities to approach complex issues creatively from interdisciplinary perspectives.”

Graduates of the program excel in public service, entrepreneurial ventures and other professions that value originality, critical thinking and astute organizational skills, she said.

The ranking is based on academic quality (50 percent), affordability (25 percent) and availability and participation in online programming (25 percent).

Guided by its Strategic Plan, UNCW is committed to enhancing learning experiences and educational programs to provide more opportunities for students to achieve their higher education goals. Distance learning allows working adults and other nontraditional students to earn a degree on their own schedule.

UNCW has consistently been recognized for academic excellence by U.S. News & World Report and other well-known organizations, including The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s and the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The university was recently ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and has five programs represented on the publication’s list of 2019 Best Graduate Schools. UNCW ranked 6th among public universities and 14th overall in the U.S. News list of Best Regional Universities (South) for 2018. 

-- Tricia Vance