Master of Liberal Studies

About the Master of Liberal Studies

The graduate Liberal Studies program (MLSt) offers a challenging interdisciplinary/integrative study for adults who work toward a master's degree while maintaining their careers. Students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds and professions and they all share an intense love of learning, an active curiosity, and a desire for continued intellectual enrichment.

How are we unique? A traditional master's program offers a program of study that focuses on a single area. Our program combines study in a number of different subjects—often within each class. Deep study of a topic can be powerful; however, we argue that subjects that are entwined with other subjects and ideas are particularly vital. Our classes might include a mix of film, cultural studies, examinations of gender, personal writing, classical literature, history and scholarly research. As a master's student in liberal studies you'll approach topics from multiple vantage points.

 

The Master of Liberal Studies program offers students interested in a transdisciplinary approach to human ideas and values an opportunity to expand their liberal arts backgrounds. The program is intended for students seeking a graduate degree that explores the integration of the humanities with political, religious, social and scientific questions within their cultural contexts.

The program connects students to the entire College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and integrates the disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach trains students in the skills needed for the jobs of the future: communication, research and an understanding of the diverse and changing world. The degree can be completed entirely online or on campus with a selection of icourses.

 

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours including the required applied project course (MLS 593)

Required Core (9 credit hours)

MLS 501 Writing About Social Issues: Culture, Gender, Society, and Well-Being in the Southwest (3)
MLS 502 Religion, Culture, and Health: Where Cultures Intersect (3)
MLS 503 Ethics, Science, and Culture (3)
MLS 504 Film Analysis (3)

Electives (18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)

MLS 593 Applied Project (3)

Additional Curriculum Information

Students choose three of the four courses listed above to fulfill the nine-credit hour core requirement. Emphasis areas available are borders (migration, health and cultural identity); gender, religion and culture; and science, nature, and creative nonfiction writing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. a letter of interest in the program
  4. a resume, biographical statement or curriculum vitae
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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Our World-Class Curriculum

The Master of Liberal Studies offers students interested in a transdisciplinary approach to human ideas and values an opportunity to expand their liberal arts backgrounds. The program is intended for students seeking a graduate degree that explores the integration of the humanities with political, religious, social and scientific questions within their cultural contexts.

Elective areas focus on borders (migration, health and cultural identity); gender, religion and culture; and science, nature and creative nonfiction writing.