The Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies is intended to present graduate background
material for those seeking personal enrichment provided by liberal learning and the
development of those intellectual skills necessary to lifelong learning—critical reading,
scholarly writing, and the art of interpersonal communication. The program consists
of four courses: (1) Foundations of Liberal Studies; (2) Research in Liberal Studies;
(3) Liberal Studies Seminar; and (4) one elective course.
Foundations, Research, and Seminar are core courses in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program and thus, those who successfully complete the certificate program
will be offered entry to the MALS degree program as well as the opportunity to apply
those courses towards graduate degree programs in other departments in consultation
with that department’s graduate advisor.
Applying for Admission to the Program
Completion of an undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75
on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university is expected. It should be
noted that as applicants are selected on a competitive basis, admission is not granted
to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements.
Application for admission to the program consists of three steps:
Step 1: Application for admission to the Graduate School
The Graduate School at the University of Memphis accepts applications via electronic
submission at http://www.memphis.edu/admissions/apply.php.
Admission deadlines to the program:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1
Step 2: The Application Essay and Letter of Recommendation
As soon as possible after applying to the Graduate School, students interested in
the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies program should submit to the University
College Graduate Programs office the following:
(a) One official letter of recommendation, preferably from a previous or current instructor
who can attest to the student’s capacity for graduate work.
(b) An application essay that addresses the following points:
- Why is the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies program the best choice for pursuing
your personal and intellectual goals?
- How have your academic and professional experiences prepared you for this program?
- Why do you think you are a good candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Liberal
PLEASE NOTE that the University College only has the authority to recommend or deny admission
to the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies program. The Graduate School makes
all final admission decisions, and will notify students once a decision has been reached.
Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies requires twelve
(12) credit hours:
- UNIV 7000 Foundations of Liberal Studies (3 hours): Analytical introduction to graduate liberal studies and its theoretical
framework. Readings in and concerning the humanities, social sciences, and natural
science. Course may be taught with different readings during different semesters.
Must be taken within the first two semesters in the MALS Program.(Syllabus)
- UNIV 7100 Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours): Methods of inquiry and research appropriate to graduate interdisciplinary
studies. Permit required. (Syllabus)
- UNIV 7200 Liberal Studies Seminar (3 hours): Interdisciplinary examination of major issue, historical period, or theme.
Topic may vary. This course is not typically available during Summer terms. Permit
- Elective (3 hours): one elective at the 6000 or 7000 level.