Fort Hays State University's Master of Liberal Studies Program has increased enrollment size each year and has exceeded 2003's high of 210 students with 225 enrolled in the 2004 summer semester. Dr. Arthur Morin, director of the MLS program, attributes the growth to increased student awareness. "A large number of people get their information about MLS through word of mouth," said Morin.
Three features that make the MLS program attractive is it's availability, flexibility, and affordability. Morin said that FHSU is in the top 10 schools for being economical in price, giving weight to the slogan "Affordable Success."
Morin said that the MLS program's main advantage is that concentrations are available through distance education. Not every student has the ability to attend classes on campus, and the Virtual College allows students off campus to continue higher education.
More than 30 concentrations are available and can be customized to satisfy individual professional needs so long as the overall curriculum creates a sensible, coherent program, said Morin. Essentially, the MLS program consists of a 10-hour core, an 18-hour emphasis and a three-hour culminating experience along with comprehensive examinations.
Applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree received from an accredited institution. Although FHSU does not offer a Ph.D. in MLS study, concentration in information networking and telecommunications can be structured as a skills or research degree. Students who wish to advance towards a Ph.D. at another institution can structure their degrees in research and complete a thesis, composed of six credit hours.
FHSU's increasing MLS program offers students the time, elasticity and financial feasibility to complete higher education and contribute to individual career advancement potential.