Liberal Studies

Master of Science

Availability: On-Campus | Program Length: 36 Hours

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Liberal Studies at Texas A&M University-Central Texas allows students to develop a unique scholarly identity by combining a variety of academic programs into one curriculum. The result is a degree that better meets the variety of educational and professional goals today’s students aspire to achieve. The Liberal Studies graduate degree aims to address the interests and needs of working professionals seeking an advanced degree or traditional students looking to secure the foundation they need for more advanced academic pursuits.

As an MS Liberal Studies student, you can develop scholarly interests that extend beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to grow within an interdisciplinary context. All graduates will develop the skills they need to address contemporary questions or concerns through original research, and express their findings in an effective and meaningful manner.

Admission Criteria for the MSLS

For acceptance into the MSLS program, students meet all university requirements and submit a statement discussing a) their reason(s) for pursuing the MSLS and b) their understanding of interdisciplinary studies. This statement should be no longer than three (3) double spaced pages, but it should also be developed enough to provide a compelling answer to the two prompts.

Admission statements must earn a four (4) or five (5) on the rubric and meet all other university admission requirements to be accepted into the MSLS program. The rubric used to score statements can be found here.

Students who fall short of a four (4) or five (5) on their first attempt may submit a revised essay one more time. Students who want to appeal an admission decision should contact the Chairperson for the Department of Humanities and request that the Chair review the entire application packet. The Chair’s decision regarding the appeal is final.

Admission Priority Deadlines:

Fall Semester: August 1

Spring Semester: December 1

Summer Semester: May 1

Applications received by the deadlines above will receive priority review.  Applications received after the priority deadlines may not be reviewed for program admission for the upcoming semester.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Cadra McDaniel

Phone: 254-501-5932


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