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 a student to take courses from several different colleges or schools in the university. The KSU Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies therefore provides students with a unique opportunity to study at the graduate level in fields that are of interest and use to them. KSU Master of Liberal Studies students, under the guidance of the Program Coordinator, select courses from across the university to form their own individualized and integrated program of study. Please visit the program's page for more information on Program Requirements


  • Online
  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), goal statement and three letters of recommendation. For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

International Students are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency: all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency. The most common means of demonstrating proficiency is by submitting official testing results and earning a minimum 610 TOEFL score (102 on the Internet-based version), minimum 86 MELAB score, minimum 7.5 IELTS score or minimum 73 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.  

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:
  1. Bring together the different fields in which they have been working
  2. See the advantages of doing so.
  3. Continue to pursue the knowledge they entered the program to acquire.


College of Arts and Sciences
School of Multidisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities
113 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus