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Liberal Studies, BLS

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree at the University of Southern Mississippi is especially good for those in the military, those who started a four-year degree and then needed to take time away for family, work, or financial reasons and now would like to complete their degree, and mid-career professionals who seek a bachelor’s degree for further advancement in their field.

What Will I Learn?

In addition to the General Education Curriculum of the University, students completing the BLS design their own general studies degree by taking 36 hours of coursework from across multiple disciplines. Students also choose an 18-hour concentration from among the minors offered at USM.

Seniors complete a four credit hour capstone experience by developing and implementing either an individual research project or an experiential learning project.

Students will hone their writing and speaking skills and gain other professionally relevant skills and knowledge though their coursework.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Speaking 
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Professional Communication 
  • Small-Group Communication
  • Art Appreciation 
  • Dance Appreciation 
  • The Enjoyment of Music
  • Theatrical Expressions

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    525

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Freshman applicants should submit the following:

  • USM Application or Common Application
  • $40 application fee
  • Copies of high school transcripts and/or school leaving examination results
  • Proof of English proficiency (see English Proficiency section for acceptable tests and waiver options)
  • Optional: SAT or ACT (required for Freshman Merit Scholarship consideration) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10896 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10896 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10896 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10896 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8896 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8896 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Hattiesburg

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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