The Program Director,
Richard M. Berrong,
is best reached by e-mail
The Program has no phone number.
Design your own Interdisciplinary Masters degree, using courses online or in the classroom, with the Masters of Liberal Studies at Kent State University, your chance to create a masters program tailored to your specific interests and needs.
Kent State University is one of 6 institutions in Ohio to offer the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree, but the only one that allows you to take courses from any college or school in the university. It also has the fewest required courses: only ONE required course, AS 61000 Introduction to Liberal Studies, about which more below. The KSU Master's Degree in Liberal Studies therefore provides you with a unique opportunity to study at the graduate level in fields that are of interest and use to you. KSU Master of Liberal Studies students, under the guidance of the Program Director, select courses from across the university to form their own individualized and integrated course of study.
Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer. Applications are considered throughout the regular academic year. However, because of budget cuts occasioned by the current Recession, applications can no longer be considered over the summer. Students interested in starting in the fall therefore need to make sure all their application materials have reached Graduate Studies before the end of the previous spring semester. For information on how to apply, click on the Application Procedures link at the top of the grey frame on the left of this page.
For those in Northeast Ohio, the University also provides many cultural and research opportunities that advance learning and distinguish academic life at Kent.
Additional information may be obtained by e-mail from the Director of the Liberal Studies program. See Contact Information above.
In developing their program of study, Liberal Studies students should keep the following points in mind:
Please be aware that some graduate courses may require appropriate prerequisite study. Also, not all courses are offered every semester.
Finding Online Courses
KSU offers a wide variety of graduate courses online, which is helpful for those who cannot get to Kent regularly. Getting a list of all the online graduate courses in a given semester isn't a one-click procedure yet, unfortunately, but you can do it by following these few steps:
1. Go to the University Registrar's page by clicking on this link: http://www.kent.edu/registrar/index.cfm
2. Scroll down until you see Schedule of Classes in blue in the grey column on the left. It's the third item from the bottom. Click on that.
3. That will take you to the Schedule of Classes page. In the window under Search by Term, choose the semester in which you are interested. You are usually able to look at the present semester and the ones immediately before and after it.
4. Then click on the gray Submit button beneath that.
5. In the Schedule of Classes (Viewable Only) window that appears next, click on Detailed Class Search or Summary Class Search as you prefer. Summary Class Search will be easier to work with.
6. In the Schedule of Classes - Summary Class Search window that opens next, do all of the following one step at a time:
a. In the box to the right of Subject:
then, using the little gray box on the right, scroll down to Women's Studies
then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on Women's Studies. That will highlight all the programs in the university.
b. Then, five boxes down, to the right of Course Level:, click on Graduate
c. Then, at the bottom left of the page, click on the gray Class Search button.
This will give you a list of all the online courses offered that semester.
If you are only interested in seeing what online courses are offered in a certain department, just choose that department, rather than highlighting all of them.
If you are interested in seeing what online courses are offered in several departments, hold down the Control key and then scroll down through the list of departments, clicking on those that interest you.
See and hear some of our recent graduates, below, on the opportunities the program provided for them.