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Liberal Studies


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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)


Degrees Offered

The Graduate Liberal Studies program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that offers study beyond the bachelor’s level for those persons who are interested in continuing their educa­tion in a diversified, challenging manner. The program offers two degree options: (1) Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies, requiring 16 credit hours of coursework and (2) Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies, requiring 34 credit hours including a thesis project. The program is not meant to prepare students for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements

For regular admission, students must have completed an un­dergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of B or above. G.R.E. scores and three letters of recommendation are required.  Applicants are accepted anytime, but to assure enrollment, students should apply by August 10 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring. Applications may be obtained through the Master in Liberal Studies office at Crestview Hall 018B or by calling (812) 941-2604 or (812) 941-2668 or on the Web site.

Course Requirements

Students pursuing the master’s degree are required to complete 34 credit hours of courses that have been approved for graduate credit. These courses must represent all three of the arts and sciences schools and must include 9 credits of graduate seminars D501, D502, D503, and 6 credits of graduate project (D601 & D602). Students pursuing the graduate certificate complete 16 credit hours representing at least two of the three arts and sciences schools.


Only courses in which a grade of at least a B is earned will count toward the degree.

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