Master of Liberal Arts & Science
Application and Admission
Diverse and energetic students are invited to apply to this rigorous, interdisciplinary program. The application process consists of the following elements:
- An on-line application to Graduate School and the Master of Liberal Arts & Science Program: graduateapplications.vanderbilt.edu
- Curriculum vitae or current resume
- Transcripts from all colleges attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- Interview with the Associate Dean and Director
Candidates for admission to the MLAS degree program must submit a formal application for graduate study at Vanderbilt (see the above link to the application page). There is no application fee for the on-line application. Applicants can also visit the following page for additional details about the application process: www.vanderbilt.edu/gradschool. However, given the distinctive nature of the MLAS program, not every item indicated on the Graduate School application is required, and a few special steps should be taken to complete the application.
Since proficiency in a second language is not required, you may enter either "Not Specified/Other" in the box; or you may enter your language and proficiency, if appropriate. It is important to enter something in the language box for your application to be complete.
A copy of your curriculum vita or a current resume should be attached to the on-line application.
Official transcripts, indicating a completed course of study equivalent to that required for a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution, are required before an admissions decision can be made. If more than one college or university was attended on the way toward the baccalaureate degree, then transcripts from those institutions must also be submitted. A minimum B average in all undergraduate work is required, though the admissions committee does allow that significant life and/or work achievements may compensate for a lower grade point average. Official transcripts should be mailed directly to the Graduate School.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required. In the on-line application, you may enter in all boxes "N/A" -- Not Applicable. If you have GRE scores, feel free to enter them. Again, it is important to enter something in the GRE boxes for your application to be complete.
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with you as a professional and who can speak to your qualifications are also required.
The Statement of Purpose, which can be appended to the on-line application, is a 150-word essay that (1) describes your intellectual interests; (2) addresses how you would add to the MLAS classroom experience; and (3) speaks to your expectations of the program.
Dr. Martin Rapisarda
Associate Dean and Director
Master of Liberal Arts and Science Degree Program
Office: 311 Kirkland Hall
2201 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37240
After receipt of all required application materials – which may be submitted on-line or by mail – all prospective students are interviewed by the director of the program. The applicant may schedule an interview with the director any time after the application materials have been submitted.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year.