Master of Liberal Studies


Program Description

Master of Liberal Studies

Earning a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Fort Hays State University can help you see the world differently. As you progress through your program, you will develop (or deepen) the critical thinking skills you need to become a wiser consumer of knowledge, becoming better able to understand and evaluate the intellectual work of any discipline. Most importantly, as you begin to see the world differently, you may discover new ways to have a positive effect on the world around you.

Designed with the working professional in mind, the 31-credit hour Master of Liberal Studies degree program makes it easier for you to balance work and personal commitments to achieve your educational goals.

Concentrations are available in:
Corporate Communications
Digital Cinema Production
Global Management
Global Studies
Health Sciences
International Enterprise Leadership
Literary Arts
Management Information Systems
Political Leadership and Public Service
Political Science
Public Administration
Rural Advocacy
Science Education

  • Personal - Work closely with your faculty advisor throughout your degree program, from developing your program of study to completing your culminating experience.
  • Practical - With more than 13 MLS program concentrations available on campus and 18 concentrations available online, find a program that meets your personal and professional goals.
  • Flexible - Earn your degree on campus, online or a combination of the two. You can go to school part time or full time.
  • Affordable - While earning a graduate degree does take a lot of time and effort, it does not have to cost a lot of money. With any number of FHSU’s online programs recognized by as a best buy, you will discover a great education at a great price.
  • Accredited - While Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, FHSU has been a full member since 2003 of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, an international organization with over 120 institutional members.

What does "liberal studies" mean?

Earning a degree in liberal studies provides you the opportunity to systematically explore a wide realm of knowledge and wisdom to help you better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Liberal studies focus on intellectual, social, and moral growth and help foster your love of learning.

  • IDS 801 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies aims to develop the practice of critical thinking and provides a consideration of the nature of liberal studies.
  • IDS 802 Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective builds analytical skills, critical thinking skills, and moral reasoning skills by introducing students to a variety of epistemologies (in the ‘hard’ sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities), by offering an explanation and critique of the scientific method, and by introducing students to questions regarding knowledge and its purposes.
  • IDS 803 Origins and Implications of the Information Society helps students understand the context in which “humans as knowers” live.
  • IDS 804 Information Literacy helps “students as knowers” acquire techniques and skills for getting and using knowledge.

Program structure

The MLS program of study consists of:

  • Core Courses
  • Area of Concentration
  • Culminating Experience
  • Comprehensive Exam

Core Classes

Regardless of your area of concentration, you will enroll in a series of four interdisciplinary core course throughout your degree program related to the organizing theme, "Ways of Knowing: A Foundation for Understanding and Exploring the Emerging Knowledge Society." This theme is broad enough to focus on historical and emerging "ways of knowing", yet defined enough for you to explore and understand the ways in which various knowledge is generated, researched, applied and managed in our information-based world. The core courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (1 credit hour).
  • Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective (3 credit hours).
  • Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society (3 credit hours).
  • Information Literacy for Independent Learners (3 credit hours).

Concentration (18 hours)

You will work closely with your graduate advisor to develop your concentration program of study.

Culminating Experience (3 hours)

The final 3 credit hours of your degree program comprise the culminating experience. While the culminating experience may take a variety of forms, graduate candidates often complete one of the following:

  • internship
  • project
  • thesis

Comprehensive Exams (no credit)

Students are required to take comprehensive examinations in compliance with the Graduate School policy. We recommend that you take comprehensive exams in the last semester that you are taking regular coursework.

Admission Requirements

2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement including background and why applying to MLS, and an MLS interest inventory. Some concentrations have added additional requirements or application materials.

Last updated Apr 2019

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