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The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning the humanities and theory-based graduate level classes. It is a non-traditional graduate program that allows the returning student to take classes in their own individualized course of study in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The MALS program is designed for the student who seeks to delve into deep inner questions that confront an inquiring mind and expand critical thinking that marks a truly educated person. The program gives students the opportunity for intellectual and personal growth, as well as an opportunity for sharing their experiences with others in a community of learning.
What is the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies?
The extension of liberal studies to the graduate level is a relatively new venture in higher education. In contrast to traditional subject-specific graduate programs, the interdisciplinary approach of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, cuts across the arbitrary boundaries of specialization, drawing upon a broad range of knowledge to provide a clearer focus on the complex problems.
At the University of Miami, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is a non-traditional graduate program that allows the returning student to take classes in their own individualized course of study at the College of Arts and Sciences. The program is taught by tenured professors and renowned scholars from the graduate faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences in our quaint private university setting that is nestled in beautiful Coral Gables.
Who is a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies for?
MALS students come from varied backgrounds. They are artists, business people, engineers, homemakers, lawyers, matriculating students, physicians, and teachers. The program gives them the opportunity for intellectual and personal growth and for sharing their experiences with others in a community of learning. The MALS program is designed for the student who seeks to delve into deep inner questions that confront an inquiring mind and expand critical thinking that marks a truly educated person.
The MALS student honors the inner life, has deeper questions, and needs better answers. You want to read books and talk about the ideas that shape our world. You have an inquiring mind, an experienced perspective, and a firm sense of purpose about learning. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is designed for the returning student who seeks to develop the critical thinking that marks a truly educated person - for the student who brings a heightened awareness of the unanswered questions that confront an inquiring mind - for the self-motivated person who never stops asking the first question: why?
General Admission Requirements
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program accepts rolling admissions; this means you may apply any time. Domestic students interested in applying to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program should submit the following:
- Online Application Form
- $85.00 non-refundable application fee paid online upon submission of the application.
- Statement of Purpose
- Admission Essay
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably from an employer, colleague, professor or other professional sources)*
- Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
*If you are currently taking classes or are a recent graduate (within two years) you must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
International Student Admission Requirements
International students must comply with all the general admissions requirements indicated above and also submit the following:
- Submit official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended (including U.S. universities).*
- All transcripts and diplomas must be in their original language with a certified English translation of both the transcript and the diploma.
- Photocopies of all diplomas and/or certificates earned.
- Copy of passport
- Bank statement or sponsorship letter within six (6) months**
- Official scores for the TOEFL or IELTS exam
International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (IBT). The IELTS is now also accepted. The minimum passing score is 6.5.
MALS Scholarship - A limited number of scholarships are available to students on a first come first serve basis. Students must apply each semester, and provide financial documentation. Scholarships are needs-based, and limited funds are available for scholarship assistance. Applications must be received one month prior to the start of classes in which the student is applying. More information can be obtained through the Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies.
American Association of University Women - All women are eligible to apply for the fellowships offered by this organization. Fellowships include American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Selected Professions Fellowships, University Scholar-in-Residence Community Action Grants and International Fellowships.
Yellow Ribbon Program - The University of Miami and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) is an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. This provision of the post 9/11 GI Bill helps cover the expenses of earning a master's degree. Opportunities for study are available for active duty personnel as well. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are encouraged to visit the official website for the program.
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