March 1

First deadline for fall semester admission

April 1

Second deadline for fall semester admission

July 1

Last deadline for fall semester admission

October 1

First deadline for spring semester admission

November 1

Second deadline for spring semester admission

Application Packet

To receive the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) information packet and application forms, contact the program director, Lawrence Moe. It is strongly recommended that those considering the MLS program arrange an informational interview with the MLS director before submitting their applications.

In order to be considered for admission, a student is expected to have completed a bachelor's degree before beginning MLS course work. The MLS Admissions Committee will make admissions decisions on the basis of the following:

  • Official transcripts showing a BA or BS degree from an accredited institution; a major or significant coursework in liberal arts disciplines; and a minimum GPA of 3.00 from the degree granting institution
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's intellectual preparation for advanced liberal arts study.
  • A resumé or vita (The admissions committee will value occupational and/or community experience relevant to advanced liberal arts study, in addition to academic preparation.)
  • The Purpose Essay, written by the applicant about his/her interests and goals in pursuing advanced liberal arts study.
  • A writing sample, either from an earlier upper-division liberal arts course, or written in response to questions given in the "Graduate Application Checklist" in the MLS Application Packet.

International Students Only

In addition, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

  • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)
    • Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT or IELTS 6.5
    • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based
  • Financial statement (F1 visa only)
  • Immunization records
  • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers

Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.

Submit materials to the Graduate Studies Office via mail using the mailing address below or by email to

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
MEC Building, Office 4003
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis Campus

Mailing address:
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email address:

Master of Liberal Studies Program
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000