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Liberal Studies M.Lib.Stu.

College of Liberal Arts - Adm
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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Contact Information
College of Liberal Arts, MLS Program, University of Minnesota Duluth, 494 Humanities, 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-8437)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Fall 2019. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Please refer to the Master of Professional Studies program in Multidisciplinary Research and Creativity.
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2023
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Liberal Studies
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 interdisciplinary master of liberal studies (MLS) offers students an opportunity to engage in advanced studies in the social sciences, the humanities, or a blend of these two. This program prioritizes degree programs that adopt multiple disciplinary approaches to their subject matter and fosters cross-disciplinary skills at the service of a focused research question. To complete the MLS degree, at least one to three papers or alternative projects with an in-depth exploration of an interdisciplinary topic are required.
Program Delivery
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Entering MLS students should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
For information about the application process, refer to www.d.umn.edu/grad/applicationinstructions.php.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
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.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 12 to 30 major credits and 0 to 18 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project is an expansion of work done in a course or another topic of special interest. Plan B papers and projects are submitted to the examining committee before the student's final oral presentation and examination and represent 120 hours of independent research.
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 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The MLS is offered only under Plan B. One to three Plan B papers or creative projects are required. Inclusion of 4xxx courses on degree program forms is subject to advisor and director of Graduate Studies approval.
Required Courses (12 cr)
MPS 8001 - Theories, Methods and Applications of Graduate Study (4.0 cr)
MPS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement (4.0 cr)
MPS 8502 - Seminar: International Perspectives (4.0 cr)
Elective (18 cr)
In order to reach the 30 minimum required credits, elective credits can be from elective coursework, another graduate program or programs.
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MPS 8001 - Theories, Methods and Applications of Graduate Study
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to theories, methods and applications of interdisciplinary professional studies. This course provides graduate students with a thorough review of analytical writing and research methods as well as an introduction to university disciplines and interdisciplinary at the graduate level. prereq: graduate student and instructor consent
MPS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of various community issues and means of addressing them though issue-identification, description, policy, and political organization. Depending on the instructor's pedagogical goals, this course may require students to engage in work off-campus with community partners. prereq: graduate student and instructor consent
MPS 8502 - Seminar: International Perspectives
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Topics related to opportunities and problems emerging from the steady increase in globalization that shapes our communities in the present-day. prereq: graduate student