Twin Cities Campus
Liberal Studies M.L.S.
CCE Graduate Programs Instruction
College of Continuing Education
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
College of Continuing Education, Master of Liberal Studies Program, 20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, (612-624-4000; fax: 612-626-2800)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The graduate major in liberal studies (LS) offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes an introductory seminar, a choice of liberal studies seminars, a choice of electives from disciplines throughout the University, and a final project seminar. Although LS seminars for the M.L.S. are scheduled for early evenings and some Saturday mornings, most graduate-level courses offered during the day are also open to M.L.S. students.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
To be admitted, students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary U.S. institution or its foreign equivalent.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The faculty committee reviewing each application looks for indications that the student can succeed in graduate study, that there is a good "fit" between the M.L.S. program and the student's stated educational objectives, and that the student can express him/herself well in writing. The faculty also looks for positive qualities and other experiences the student will bring to the program.
Special Application Requirements:
The application package must include official transcripts of all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate work, two letters of reference, an updated resume, a three- to four-page written statement of purpose, and an additional writing sample of 10 to 20 pages. Application deadlines are in spring for summer term and fall semester admission, and in fall for spring semester admission. Please refer to the program website for further details.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: The Plan B project is a specific variation of the master's Plan B option. The final project must be prepared as part of LS 8002 - Final Project for Graduate Liberal Studies and must be approved by at least two faculty members and the director of graduate studies.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The program requires at least 30 credits. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry (LS 8001, 3 cr) and the Final Project (LS 8002, 3 cr) seminars are required. Students must take at least 9 credits of liberal studies seminars. The remaining 15 credits are composed of graduate-level electives from disciplines throughout the University of Minnesota, or directed study, directed research, advanced interdisciplinary inquiry, online coursework, or additional liberal studies seminars. Courses are selected with the help of the student's graduate faculty adviser.