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MLS Students

Diverse in age and life experience, MLS students are business people, artists, lawyers, athletes, retirees, law enforcement officers, parents, and more.  MLS students bring their different backgrounds and intellectual curiosity to the program, and form a cohesive group of lifelong learners.

Some students pursue an MLS degree to qualify for higher salary categories and promotions available to those who obtain a masters degree.  They find that the multi-disciplinary curriculum gives them the flexibility to pursue their professional and personal interests.  In many cases, MLS students have undergraduate degrees that gave them technical or specific backgrounds (such as computer science, multimedia, or music, or theatre) and have recognized the importance of “rounding out” their background with liberal studies, giving them more ability to research, analyze, and write more critically.

Other students undertake an MLS degree because they are looking for a graduate program that will allow them to build breadth into their studies.  Rather than committing to a particular field and becoming more specialized in that field, these students are interested in learning how to combine their past interests with possible future interests, and embarking upon a future as a lifelong learner. 

Meet Melisa Doyle

By day (and weekends), Melisa Doyle helps coordinate events for Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.  By night, she is an MLS student. 

Melisa is using her MLS coursework to shape her plans to write a summative project exploring various aspects of women in sports.  She intends to use her summative project to further her post-MLS plans to work in the sports industry. 

Says Melisa, "After graduating from Texas State University, I wanted the challenges and opportunities of coming to LA and to the MLS Program, and I'm thrilled with what I am doing  here.  The MLS Program is helping me become a well-rounded scholar. The writing module especially has helped me and is one of my favorite parts of the program."  

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  • Master of Liberal Studies
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Mark Taper Hall, THH 355
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0355