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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MALS program, the applicant must submit:

  • An application to Graduate Studies.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee.
  • One official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.  Transcripts and other educational records are official if the issuing institution sends them directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.  Failure to submit official transcripts from every institution will delay admission.  Course work from one institution reported as transfer credit on another school's transcript doesn't not constitute an official transcript.

In addition to the regular requirements for admission to graduate study at USI, admission to the MALS program requires the following:

  • A resume.
  • A written statement of interest describing the importance of a MALS degree to the candidate's personal, intellectual, or career development (500 words or less).
  • Recommendations by three individuals who know the candidate well (download recommendation forms here:  PDF Format - RTF Format - DOC Format).
  • An interview with MALS director.

Because of the interdisciplinary, nontraditional nature of the program, the GRE exams are not required. 

Students should submit all materials at least one month prior to the entry date sought.  An interview will be arranged after all other materials are on file.

Admission Deadlines

The MALS Program allows students to apply for the program and begin classes in any semester.

Application Forms and other Admission Documents