MALS is not just learning for its own sake. A master's degree can provide a valuable credential for advancement in the workplace. In addition, the hallmarks of the work you do in MALS are identical to fundamental qualities any employer values for hiring and advancement: critical thinking, problem solving, research methods, writing, presentation skills.
Today's employers are increasingly seeking T-shaped professionals--individuals with a depth of knowledge in a specific field (the vertical stem of the T) but also universal competencies such as clear communication, forming and backing up an argument, reading and comprehending complex texts (the top of the T). MALS hones precisely those universal competencies.
On a regional level, according to a recent Education Advisory Board (EAB) study, the top skills demanded by the employers in the fastest growing sectors in the Delaware economy include many that are conferred by graduate liberal studies coursework:
- Communication skills
- Organizational skills
- Writing skills
- Problem solving
- Project management
- Team work
(Education Advisory Board, Continuing and Online Education Forum. Corporate Training Program: Opportunities and Administration
. Washington, DC: EAB, 2014. Print.)