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A multidisciplinary degree program, the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) is designed for motivated, college educated individuals who wish to further their intellectual growth and pursue graduate work part-time or fulltime in the evenings.
The program centers on the major forces that are revolutionizing the way we conduct our professional lives, rather than on the individual liberal arts disciplines. In this way, subjects covered in the program's courses have immediate relevance to the problems and challenges of contemporary society. In particular, the program emphasizes some of the most fundamental dynamics shaping the contemporary world: urbanization and globalization, changing cultural landscape, and technological and environmental transformations.
The MLS is a year-round program consisting of nine 3-unit courses. The degree requires a core course and a summative project. Seven elective courses are chosen in consultation with the student's adviser and/or MLS program director.
Admission to the program is based upon possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. When possible, interviews will be conducted with applicants. Two letters of recommendation, a writing sample and a personal statement of purpose are required.
Course and Summative Project Requirements
Nine courses (27 units), including the core course, LBST 500 (3 units), and the summative project, LBST 585a , LBST 585b , LBST 585z (3 units), are required.