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Liberal studies is the interdisciplinary examination of subjects related to the humanities, arts, and sciences.
The Master of Liberal Studies degree provides students with a unique opportunity to study at the graduate level in fields that are of interest and use to them. Under the guidance of the program's director, students select courses from across disciplines in the university to form their own individualized and integrated program of study.
Kent State University is one of six institutions in Ohio to offer the Master of Liberal Studies (LSM) degree, but the only one that allows you to take courses from any college or school in the university. It also has the fewest required courses: only ONE required course, AS 61098 Liberal Studies Essay OR AS 60092 Internship. The Kent State master’s degree in Liberal Studies, therefore, provides you with a unique opportunity to study at the graduate level in fields that are of interest and use to you. In addition to standard classroom-style courses, students can select up to 6 hours of internship or practicum and up to 6 hours of research.
This flexible program allows students to form their own individualized and integrated program of study by bringing together the different fields of interest. Learn more at our Design Your Degree Program page.
The online Master of Liberal Studies is comprised of one core course totaling 3 credit hours and a further 27 credit hours of electives. The core course includes either a culminating liberal studies essay on a topic of the student’s choosing, or an internship experience under the direction of a faculty member. Of the 27 credit hours of electives, students must select 12 to 15 credit hours of courses from a single department/school or program and 12-15 credit hours of courses from at least one other department/school or program. In addition to standard classroom courses, a maximum 3 credit hours of internship/practicum and 3 credit hours of research may be selected. Courses may be taken in any college in the university.
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An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.
Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.
The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken. Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person. Program costs are subject to change without notice.
*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.
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