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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies


Clayton State University Master of Arts in Liberal Studies College of Arts & Sciences 2000 Clayton State Boulevard Morrow, GA 30260-0285 (678) 466-4730 (678) 466-4899 (fax)

Inquiries: Dr. Patricia Smith, Professor of English, 205-K Arts and Sciences Bldg (678) 466-4730

Thank you for your interest in the MALS degree program at Clayton State University. As a potential graduate student, you are welcome to explore our graduate studies website, in addition to the academic and community events we offer on campus. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact the School of Graduate Studies or the MALS Director, Dr. Susan Copeland: (678) 466-4744

Apply Online

If you are interested in applying for admission, the online application is available here.

Admission decisions are based on many integrated factors. We recognize that qualities of character—in particular, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and openness to constructive criticism—are important considerations in the selection process, beyond a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.  Those applicants are accepted who are most likely to become successful members of and contribute positively to the MALS community.


Admit Term Final Deadline
Fall July 15
Spring November 15
Summer April 25

Completed applications that are received by the preferred deadline will be given priority review. Those applications received after the final deadline for a given admit term will be recorded for the next available term.

The final deadlines for applications and supporting documents for international graduate students are:

Admit Term Application and Document Deadline
Fall May 1
Spring September 1
Summer February 1

The online Admission Packet includes the following items:

  • Completed application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and a $50 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable. These forms are submitted electronically using the online application which is available on the School of Graduate Studies.
  • One (1) Official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work previously undertaken. Admission to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, usually with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants for the English, History, or Political Science areas of concentration are expected (but not required) to have a baccalaureate degree in those respective disciplines.
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants are required for those individuals who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a United States institution and whose native language is not English. The minimum score on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 550, 213 on the computer-based test, and 78 on the internet-based test.  The TOEFL may be waived for an applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Three letters of recommendation that comment on the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate academic program.
  • A statement of purpose that is no more than three (3) typewritten pages, single-spaced. The statement should describe the applicant's pertinent personal and professional experience and education, as well as his or her interests and goals in pursuing the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree. In addition, students are invited to submit a writing sample from a recent academic, personal, or business-related endeavor.
  • An on campus interview by a member of the area of academic concentration may be required. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information about this requirement.

Submit required application documentation: E-mail:

If you have any questions about the graduate admission process, contact Graduate Enrollment Services:

PH: (678) 466-4113