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The USC MLS program is built upon the benefits associated with interdisciplinary studies. Students complete 27 units of coursework, which includes nine three-unit courses:  one core introductory seminar, seven MLS Program electives, and a summative project.  The Summative Project is completed in the final semester, where students apply research frameworks common to interdisciplinary studies to their intense personal interests. 

Designed with working professionals in mind, all courses meet in the evenings.  Courses are offered year-round in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Students typically take one course a semester, but can take two courses a semester.  Summer semester is optional.  Students can complete the degree at their own pace.  The MLS degree can be completed within three years. 

Core LBST 500:                               3 units

7 MLS Electives                              21 units

Summative Project                         3  units

Total:                                                  27 units

This is an excerpt from the USC Catalogue. The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information that may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.

Read more about the MLS courses. 


The University of Southern California is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  The USC Master of Liberal Studies Program is a full member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP). 

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