Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I do with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies? 

A: It depends on which track you choose:


Provides students with the opportunity to take an individualized program of graduate courses and interdisciplinary seminars in a variety of disciplines in the arts and sciences. Students identify and explore significant patterns and connections that exist among the diverse disciplines that define current knowledge. The curriculum includes carrying out independent work, including the design and execution of projects.

Designed for:

  • Students whose careers will be enhanced by a graduate credential
  • Students who want an organized, challenging program of study for personal self-fulfillment.


Provides students with academic teaching training in the form of teaching assistantships and subject content in the field of their choice (English and Communication Arts are the most popular).

Designed for:

  • Students who want to teach at the community college level
  • Students who want to teach as adjuncts at the university level


Provides students with a deeper understanding of international issues such as multiculturalism, conflict resolution, human rights, energy, and the environment.

Designed for:

  • Students who want a career with international or nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, international business, and media
  • Students who want to understand and function effectively in the new global community
Q: How long will it take for me to get my M.A.L.S. degree?

A: It depends on you. The average time is two years, but you could complete it in 18months. The maximum is 5 years.

Q. I work during the daytime. Do you have evening classes?

A. Yes, we do. The majority of our classes are held in the evening to accommodate our working students.

Q.  Do you have online or accelerated classes?

A. Yes, we have some online classes and several ACCEL classes as well as Hybrid classes.

Q. What are the admission requirements?

A. Students are admitted to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program by the M.A.L.S. advisory board of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In order to be admitted to this program, a student is expected to have earned a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who do not meet the requirements may be admitted provisionally upon the recommendation of the director of the M.A.L.S. program and or the M.A.L.S. advisory board. Completed applications must include the following:

  • application form

  • application fee ($40)

  • cover letter

  • at least two letters of recommendation (at least one faculty letter)

  • a research-based writing sample (limit 8-20 pages)

  • scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or equivalent graduate exam scores

  • transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study

A student whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 560 (standard grading) or 220 (computer graded). The recommended TOEFL score is 600 (standard grading) or 250 (computer graded). Exceptions to these requirements may be made at the discretion of the graduate liberal studies committee. Application materials can be submitted to the School of Arts and Sciences, c/o Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. Her is a helpful link for the TOEFL:

Q. What is the GRE and how do I get ready for it?

A. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is much like the SAT test. The difference is that the GRE is used by universities to help evaluate graduate school applications rather than undergraduate applications.  It can be taken any time during the year at designated test centers.  Here are some helpful links:

Q. How do I apply? What are the deadlines?

A. To apply, you may print an application from the link here, or  simply use our online application process available here.


Students may be admitted to the M.A.L.S. Program to begin in either the fall or spring semester. All admission decisions are made by the M.A.L.S. advisory board. The board meets to review applications twice each year. The deadlines for submitting completed applications for review by the committee are as follows:

Fall application deadline: July 15

Spring application deadline: November 15

Applications that are not completed by a given deadline will be considered, though this may cause a delay in admission by one semester.

Q. Who do I contact to discuss this discuss this further?

A. For more information, please contact Netty Provost, or mail to Netty Provost c/o Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Indiana University Kokomo, 2300 S. Washington Street, PO Box 9300, Kokomo IN 46904-9003.