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Liberal Studies Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the main features and benefits of the MLLS degree?
How will this degree make me more marketable in the job market and apply in my professional career?
How can I apply these skills in my professional career?
What experience do students typically bring to the program?
What do people do with this degree?
Why would I want to enroll in this degree program?
How long will it take to complete this degree?
What is the difference between an MBA, the MSLBE and the MLLS degree?
Am I required to take the GRE for admission to the MLLS program?

What are some of the main features and benefits of the MLLS degree?

Courses are offered on alternating Saturdays and online: You can obtain the degree while still maintaining your career and other responsibilities.

The MLLS program has a diverse student population: You will work and learn from colleagues in your courses and develop a network of like-minded professionals.


The degree provides students with skills that can be used immediately in today's demanding workplace: ethical decision making, effective communication, teamwork and critical thinking are just some of the skills MLLS students develop and refine.

How will this degree make me more marketable in the job market and apply in my professional career?

Success in today's global marketplace depends on your ability to think critically, make ethical decisions, resolve conflict and empower others. The Master of Arts in Leadership and Liberal Studies is a program that enables you to become a productive and ethical leader. This program teaches important perspectives and skills that can be readily applied both professionally and personally. You'll refine your conflict resolution and communication skills. At the completion of the degree, you will have developed a vision of leadership, sensitivity to ethical challenges that arise in the workplace, and the skills and knowledge to translate the leadership vision and ethical commitment into reality. The knowledge and skills attained through the MLLS will enable employees to become better contributors to the organization. Students will cultivate an ability to lead, develop and refine critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. The degree emphasizes:

  • Self-assessment
  • Developing skills that are crucial to the leader's role
  • Examining the world in which today's leaders will function
  • Developing a broader perspective of the social, economic and political issues that impact organizations
  • Gaining the ability to communicate with all levels in an organization
  • Writing and thinking more critically
  • Adapting new and creative perspectives on organizational issues
  • Embracing the importance of information technology
  • Learning from historical lessons of leadership

 

To achieve its goals of encompassing the literature of leadership, this degree combines courses from Duquesne University's School of Leadership & Professional Advancement and McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

What experience do students typically bring to the program?

The degree has wide-ranging appeal and application for people seeking to enhance their leadership skills and ethics knowledge. MLLS students are typically professionals from a wide variety of industries and career levels. Many seek a broad-based set of skills to complement their business, technical or other training.

What do people do with this degree?

Some seek promotions within their organizations. Others look for other career options. Some are content to stay in their current positions with newfound skills that take their performance to the next level. Whether moving to a new job or staying in their current jobs, our students report enhanced performance in their positions.

Why would I want to enroll in this degree program?

Because you:
• are a leader, or hope to become a leader, and be more effective
• recognize that ethical dilemmas frequently occur in the workplace and the need to correctly assess and respond quickly and appropriately is essential
• are interested in exploring ethics as they relate to a global marketplace
• want to participate in a peer-learning network

How long will it take to complete this degree?

It is possible to complete the degree in two years. Courses are offered online or every other Saturday in the fall and spring and for eight consecutive weeks in the summer semester. If you take two courses for the fall, spring and summer semesters, the degree is completed in two years.

What is the difference between an MBA, the MSLBE and the MLLS degree?

The MBA curriculum is structured to provide fundamental skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis, a solid foundation in key functional areas of business, and an opportunity for students to apply their skills and knowledge to "real world" business problems.

The MSLBE curriculum is structured to prepare skillful leaders while enhancing and improving their ability to recognize and identify specific ethical issues and place them within a management context subject to analysis, possible resolution and decision-making action. Students will explore ethical challenges as they arise in the workplace, in the global marketplace and the management of technology in an ever-expanding information society.

The MLLS curriculum incorporates all of the disciplines that contribute to skillful leadership. Students develop and refine critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, skills to motivate and empower others, and the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively.

Am I required to take the GRE for admission to the MLLS program?

The GRE is not required. The requirements for admission to the MLLS degree are an application, an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum of two years of professional experience, a 500-word statement describing your academic and professional goals and an interview (via phone for online program applicants) with an academic advisor.