How to Apply: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


Am I eligible to apply?

We use a holistic approach in giving careful consideration to all credentials in an application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must have at least 5 years of professional work experience and submit a letter of intent describing how the professional work experience has contributed to your ability to perform in graduate school. We admit on a rolling admission basis, so complete your application for review as early as possible.



Step 1: Start Your Application



Step 2: Submit Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions showing an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
    • Transcripts can be sent electronically to grad@noctrl.edu or by mail to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL 60540.


Step 3: Submit Additional Application Materials

  • Statement of purpose that discusses long range goals, interest in the chosen discipline, and the reason(s) for applying to this program.
  • current resume that includes educational and employment history, college extracurricular activities, community activities, honors and leadership roles, hobbies and nonacademic interests.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from employers, professors, or others who are able to judge your potential for graduate study.


Step 4: Admissions Interview

  • Applicants may be invited to an admissions interview if deemed necessary by the School of Graduate & Professional Studies.

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program produces thoughtful citizens and professionals sensitive to both the lessons of history and the pressing needs of today.