Jan 28, 2021  
2013-2014 Graduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Liberal Studies (M.L.S.)

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Indiana University
Master of Liberal Studies (M.L.S.)

Liberal Studies Program
College of Arts and Sciences
Michael E. Kaufmann, Graduate Program Director
260-481-6760 ~ ipfw.edu/libstudies ~ Liberal Arts Building 127

The Master of Liberal Studies program enables you to study the liberal arts beyond the baccalaureate degree. If your undergraduate education was primarily professional, you can broaden your general education by building upon your life experience and skills. If you regard the liberal arts as subjects for lifetime learning, the M.L.S. provides a coherent, challenging program of graduate study. The program is not intended as preparation for doctoral study.

Recently, the program created a Fine Arts track to complement the Liberal Arts track. The two tracks are roughly similar and both require the three core seminars. However, the Fine Arts track includes fine arts studio courses, and requires the LBST D500 Graduate project (it is an option-with LBST D700-or those students on the Liberal Arts track).  For those on the Fine Arts track, the studio courses bring the total hours for the degree to 33 credit hours.

If you are accepted into the M.L.S. program, the program director will assist you in developing a course of study appropriate to your needs and interests. You may enroll in graduate courses offered by any department in the College of Arts and Sciences for which you have appropriate background or prerequisites. You may also enroll in courses with the LBST prefix, intended specifically for students in the M.L.S. program. These multidisciplinary courses focus on major issues in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


For regular admission, you must have completed an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0=A). You may qualify for provisional admission if you do not meet these requirements. However, you may be required to complete prerequisite courses without credit toward the graduate degree.

Academic Regulation

In addition to fulfilling the academic regulations that apply to all Indiana University graduate students, you must earn a grade of B or better in each course applied toward the degree.

Degree Requirements

To earn the M.L.S., you must complete one of the two following requirements for either the Liberal Studies or Fine Arts track:

One of the following (3 Credits)

Additional Credits: 18

  • Credits in other graduate-credit courses, including no more than 12 credits in English and no more than 9 credits in any other discipline.

Liberal Arts Track Total: 30

Additional Credits: 18

  • Fine Arts/Visual Communication and Design Studio  Cr. 6.
  • Arts and Sciences Graduate courses Cr. 12.

Fine Arts Track Total: 33

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