Liberal Studies | Kent State University


The Program Director, Richard M. Berrong, is best reached by email at

The Program does not have a phone number.

Design your own Interdisciplinary Master’s degree, using courses online or in the classroom, with the Master of Liberal Studies at Kent State University, your chance to create a master’s program tailored to your specific interests and needs.

Kent State University is one of six 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 on the Program Requirements page.  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 program of study.

Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer. Applications are considered throughout the regular academic year, but can no longer be considered over the summer. Students interested in starting in the fall therefore need to make sure their application materials have reached Graduate Studies before the end of the previous spring semester. For information on how to apply, see Application Procedures.

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See and hear some of our recent graduates talk about the opportunities the program provided for them.