UMKC Catalog


Master of Arts in Liberal Studies - Admission

Individuals admitted to the program must have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree and mature academic interests.  A minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA is desirable but can be offset by professional and career accomplishments outside academe. 

Individuals applying for admission should submit, in addition to the UMKC application, the following documents:

  • a statement of purpose in the form of a personal essay of approximately 1,000 words outlining the focus area the applicant  wishes to pursue, his or her reasons for applying, and his or her academic plans and goals.  Any applicant who does not choose one of the specific certificate programs or focus areas listed for the MALS program should also include a statement indicating interest in designing an individualized plan of study. Such a statement should indicate the proposed area of study and a list of courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences that would contribute to the area of study.
  • a sample of recent academic writing
  • 3 letters of recommendation

These documents (except the UMKC application) should be sent directly to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program.  They can be sent as Word documents or PDFs attached to an email to or in print form to Ms. Marsha Carothers, Research Associate, MALS Program, Cockefair Hall 106, UMKC, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Prior to submitting an application, prospective students should speak with the program adviser or a member of the faculty who works in their chosen focus area. 

The deadline to apply for Fall Semester 2012 is August 1, 2012.  The deadline to apply for Spring Semester 2013 is November 1, 2012.