Design your own Interdisciplinary Masters degree, using courses online or in the classroom, with the Masters of Liberal Studies at Kent State University, your chance to create a masters program tailored to your specific interests and needs.
Kent State University is one of 6 institutions in Ohio to offer the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree, but the only one that allows you to take courses from any college or school in the university. It also has the fewest required courses: only ONE required course, AS 61000 Introduction to Liberal Studies, about which more below. The KSU Master's Degree in Liberal Studies therefore provides you with a unique opportunity to study at the graduate level in fields that are of interest and use to you. KSU Master of Liberal Studies students, under the guidance of the Program Director, select courses from across the university to form their own individualized and integrated course of study.
Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer. Applications are considered all year round. For information on how to apply, click on the Application Procedures link at the top of the grey frame on the left of this page.
For those in Northeast Ohio, the University also provides many cultural and research opportunities that advance learning and distinguish academic life at Kent.
Additional information may be obtained by e-mail from the Director of the Liberal Studies program. See Contact Information above.
In developing their program of study, Liberal Studies students should keep the following points in mind:
-The degree consists of a minimum of 29 hours of coursework (30 for those starting as of Fall 2012), which is usually 10 courses, plus the writing of a capstone Essay, for which the student receives 3 credit hours under the rubric AS 61098 Liberal Studies Essay.
-There must be a minimum of 16 hours at the 60000-level. Those 16 hours include the one required course, Introduction to Liberal Studies (AS 61000, 2 hours, offered online each fall), the capstone Essay (AS 61098, 3 hours), and at least 11 additional hours, usually 4 courses.
-There must be at least 12 hours in a single discipline (the major discipline).
-There must be at least 12 hours divided among two or three additional disciplines (the minor disciplines).
-There must be at least 12 hours from the College of Arts & Sciences in addition to AS 61000 and AS 61098. At Kent State the College of Arts and Sciences includes the departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, Geology, History, Math, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Arts and Sciences courses are not just courses listed in the Schedule of Classes under Arts and Sciences with the AS prefix, therefore.
-The program of study must emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives to learning and be integrated.
-All students are required to complete the online course, Introduction to Liberal Studies (AS 61000), successfully within the first twelve months after they are admitted. They write their Liberal Studies Essay (AS 61098) as a capstone undertaking near the end of their program.