Application Requirements

The Liberal and Integrative Studies Program offers students the opportunity to design a degree consistent with their own educational goals using available institutional and area resources. The program’s major purpose is to serve students whose needs and objectives are best met by combinations of courses or mixes of learning formats not available through established curricula.

In addition to completing the UIS application for graduate study, applicants are expected to submit a goals statement and two reference letters. If additional information is needed, applicants will be contacted to arrange for an interview with a faculty member.

The goals statement should be a 2-3 page typed statement of educational goals, background, and reasons for requesting admission to the Individual Option program.

Submit supplementary application materials (supplementary program application, goals essay, and two references) to:

Liberal and Integrative Studies MA Admissions
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza – UHB 3028
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

These materials can also be submitted by email to

Admission to the Liberal and Integrative Studies graduate program is limited due to the individualized nature of the degree process. To be eligible for full admission to the master of arts program in Liberal and Integrative Studies applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.