Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the MLS program by the Graduate Liberal Studies Committee 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 MLS faculty.

MLS Degree Requirements


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

Students applying for admission to the program must submit the following materials by the appropriate deadline (see below).

  • Completed online application form.
  • A personal essay, of about 400 - 600 words, explaining why you are applying.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Transcripts of all previous undergraduate study.
  • Application fee; this is paid online when submitting your application.

Application Deadlines

Students may be admitted to the MLS program to begin in either the fall or spring semester. All admission decisions are made by the MLS Faculty Admissions Committee. The committee meets to review applications 3 times each year. The deadlines for submitting completed applications for review by the committee are as follows:

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

Students wishing to enter in the spring are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by the October 31 admission deadline to assure there will be an opening in the program. Students are also advised to give reference letter writers at least two to four weeks notice so that their letters will arrive prior to the deadline. We cannot guarentee that applications that are completed after a deadline will be considered in time for the next semester.

Applying to the Master of Liberal Studies Program