Master of Liberal Studies

 Joe Chaney, Ph.D.Master of Liberal Studies

Joseph R. Chaney, Ph.D. :: Program Director
Wiekamp Hall 3169 :: (574) 520-4870 ::

General Information

The Master of Liberal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides opportunities for students to engage their curiosity in an intellectual exploration of the world of ideas. But the rewards of the pursuit of knowledge go beyond intellectual satisfaction. Students gain a refreshed approach to an enriched personal and professional life through a program that reinvigorates curiosity and creativity. They gain fresh perspectives and the critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills so valued in today’s workplace.

Students begin with an introduction to graduate liberal studies and interdisciplinary methodology, then enroll in at least three core seminars in the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences. Seminars combine detailed study of a particular topic with a broad interdisciplinary examination of ways of understanding. The M.L.S. degree program draws on faculty with diverse expertise to explore topics through an interdisciplinary approach.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the M.L.S. degree program by the graduate liberal studies faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. To be considered for admission, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must have obtained an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
A student whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 560 (standard grading) or 220 (computer graded). The recommended TOEFL score is 600 (standard grading) or 250 (computer graded).

Exceptions to these requirements may be made at the discretion of the graduate liberal studies faculty. M.L.S. faculty consist of Ananth, Chaney, Feighery, Lidinsky, Lucal, Marr, Nair, Scheessele, S.R. Sernau, K. Smith, and Wells.

Application Deadlines

Students may be admitted to the M.L.S. degree program to begin in either the fall or spring semesters. All admission decisions are made by the graduate liberal studies faculty. The Admissions Committee reviews applications on a regular basis. The deadlines for submitting completed applications for review by the committee are as follows:

  • Early admission, fall semester :: March 31
  • Final admission, fall semester :: August 1
  • Admission, spring semester :: October 31

Late applications may be considered under some circumstances. Students wishing to enter in the fall are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by the March 31 early admission deadline to assure an opening in the program. Students are also advised to provide reference letter writers at least two to four weeks notice so their letters arrive prior to the deadline. Applications that are not completed by a given deadline may not be considered until the next deadline if classes have been filled. Completed applications include the following:

  • Application for admission,
  • Personal essay
  • Three letters of reference
  • Transcripts of all previous undergraduate study
  • Application fee

All students wishing to enter the program should contact the director prior to submitting an application.

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