Liberal Studies

Stacey Robertson,
Coordinator, Liberal Studies Program

Definition and Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Liberal Studies program is to provide motivated adults with opportunities to continue intellectual growth by integrating knowledge and perspectives from different disciplines in an innovative and challenging manner. The program introduces students to the pleasures and principles of science, the arts, technology, business, and the humanities as a means of exploring the problems and possibilities of life in modern society.

The program is designed for the adult student who wants a flexible part-time program offered during evening and weekend hours. Courses in the program bring Bradley’s most distinguished faculty together with practitioners of business, education, law, medicine, journalism, and others who seek to understand the most controversial issues of the age and to extend their intellectual knowledge and vision.

Special Regulations

The M.L.S. degree meets the standards and policies of the Graduate School of Bradley University. But as with other programs, it has its own curriculum and integrity which require special regulations.


Admission to the M.L.S. program is limited to those who qualify for unconditional admission to the Graduate School. A personal letter of intent and an interview will be required in addition to the customary transcript and two recommendations.

Course Requirements

All work must be on the 600 level in M.L.S. courses. Thirty semester hours are required for the degree.

Transfer of Credit

The M.L.S. program ordinarily does not allow for transfer of credit. However, the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences will act on individual petitions.


In the final semester of the program, the candidate will participate in a colloquium with members of the M.L.S. faculty. The M.L.S. faculty in cooperation with each candidate shall devise the colloquium.

This is the official catalog for the 2013-2014 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.