Students are admitted to the Master of Liberal Studies program by the MLS Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences. To be considered for admission, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and should have obtained an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. Students with a GPA slightly below 3.0 for a recent degree may be admitted on probation as well as students with a lower GPA who are returning to college after a long absence with a fresh motivation to learn. Students admitted on probation must earn at least a B- in each of their first two classes with a 3.0 GPA in order to continue in the program.
The MLS requires the completion of at least 11 courses (minimum of 33 credits). Early in their programs, students take a proseminar as introduction to graduate liberal studies and interdisciplinary methodologyand at least three core seminars, one each 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 MLS program draws on faculty with diverse expertise to explore topics through a multidisciplinary approach. Students, under guidance of their faculty advisor, may choose graduate courses and seminars in a variety of disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences. If the student chooses, the program can culminate with a thesis or alternative project that will grow out of the information and methodologies acquired throughout the course work.
An average grade of B (3.0) is required for graduation, and no course with a grade lower than B– (2.7) will be counted toward the degree. Students are required to retain good academic standing, a GPA of at least 2.7. Failure to maintain good standing may result in dismissal from the program. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 are considered to be on probation, and they must earn at least a B- in each of their next two classes with a 3.0 GPA in those two classes in order to continue in the program. Other academic regulations and policies are established by the Graduate Liberal Studies Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students should consult the MLS program director for further information.