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Communication Associate: Public Relations | Lori Melton | | (218) 726-8830

July 29, 2013
David Beard | Director of Graduate Studies | Master of Liberal Studies | 218-726-8442 |
Lori Melton | Communication Associate |External Affairs | 218-726-8830 |

UMD Announces New Master of Liberal Studies Degree

This fall, the University of Minnesota Duluth will offer a new Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree designed for diverse learners and professionals seeking advanced education.

Enrolled students are able to assemble a degree program that best suits their individual interests and career objectives, taking both online and on-campus courses.

David Beard, director of graduate studies, says the program is intended to be challenging and flexible, "In designing the program, we considered the needs of working professionals who can't leave their full time jobs to obtain a degree."

A Master of Liberal Studies degree allows students to designate one of four emphases to help focus their work: The history of ideas, global indigenous studies, media studies, and sustainability studies. Students will work with an advisor to select and fulfill 30 credits in their area of study and complete a capstone project.

Studies include literature, philosophy, sociology, art, communication, languages, and more. "The focus is on many aspects of the diverse human experience," explains Beard. Beyond the master's degree, it's anticipated that students will forge connections both on and off campus. Says Beard, "The MLS program facilitates powerful and lasting conversations between students, faculty, and the community."

MLS applicants are required to present an online application with transcripts from a completed bachelor's degree, GRE scores (or equivalent), three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Details and registration information can be found online,

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