Applicants to the program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Applicants must submit these items:

  • A Washburn Graduate Application program application online
    Submit the following to:
    Chris Rhoads, MLS Secretary 
    1700 SW College Avenue, Morgan 209
    Topeka, KS 66621


  •  A Washburn Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) download program application pdf.
  •  A three- to five-page essay that defines what you think a liberal studies education degree means at the graduate level and specifically, how the general aims of liberal education are relevant to the specific goals you have in pursuing the MLS degree. The second part of the essay should be as concrete as possible, explaining how this degree will help you fulfill your personal and/or career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of all previous university course work. If you have never attended Washburn, you will need transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended, whether you completed a degree or not. Contact the Admissions Office (1-800-332-0291, or visit the Washburn homepage for details.

Other Important Information Regarding Admission
After reading the essay, the committee may interview applicants for admission. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirement may petition for probationary admission. To move from probationary to full admission, the candidate must complete 9 hours of graduate courses with a 3.00 GPA. Undergraduate students may petition for admission to graduate courses in the last six hours before completion of their undergraduate program.

Application Deadlines
Summer and Fall semester admission applications must be received by March 1
Spring semester applications must be received by October 1

Application Process
Applications and accompanying materials will be submitted to the MLS Faculty Advisory Committee for consideration; in some cases, the committee may request that an applicant come in for an interview. Applicants should expect to receive a response no later than three weeks after the deadline application submission deadline.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please e-mail

Tuition and Fees
Tuition for enrolled courses are billed as traditional graduate courses and are based upon residency. Campus activity fees are billed based upon the number of credit hours the student is enrolled.

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