Liberal Arts and Sciences

Western Illinois University

Master On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS) at Western Illinois University is for students who need or desire advanced education but do not require a specific specialized content area.


Program highlights

This multidisciplinary degree stresses critical thinking, comparative analysis, and connections across disciplines rather than specialization in a fairly small content area. The LAS Program is designed especially for students seeking a Master’s degree as an occupational qualification and for those who wish to have a more in-depth inquiry into the liberal arts and sciences. 

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Program promotes an advanced level of critique, analysis, and comparison. Students also explore the broad questions faced by human beings, as well as the specific means by which individual disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics have addressed these questions.The LAS Program also offers six integrated bachelor’s/master’s program options for students currently enrolled in the following undergraduate programs at Western: African American Studies, Foreign Languages and Cultures, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies. 

Why Liberal Arts and Sciences at WIU?

The Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Western Illinois University proactively addresses the needs of students seeking to advance in their chosen careers or expand their career options in our rapidly changing global economy. Students have the option of incorporating one of four Post-Baccalaureate Certificates into their degree program (Community Development, English, Environmental GIS, or Zoo and Aquarium Studies), or customizing their degree plan by selecting from a variety of graduate courses across the College of Arts and Sciences. Post-Baccalaureate Certificates offer an additional occupational qualification to that of a Master’s Degree—a qualification that a student can earn prior to completing all the requirements for a Master’s Degree. Students can choose among three exit options (thesis, internship, or applied project) to complete their Master’s degree, depending on their professional and personal goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Tradition and Change: Focus on the History and Philosophy of the Sciences
  • Tradition and Change: Focus on the Social Sciences 
  • Tradition and Change: Focus on the Humanities 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. 
  • Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Liberal Arts and Sciences
Western Illinois University