Admission to Wichita State University's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, in either the degree or nondegree category, requires admission to the WSU Graduate School. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Barring special circumstances, applicants must also have a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the last 60 hours of coursework. No more than six hours of graduate credit from another institution may be transferred into the liberal studies program.

When submitting an application to the Wichita State Graduate School, students must contact the MALS office for an initial interview with the Coordinator. In addition, students must complete a brief essay describing their motivation for selecting the liberal studies program, outlining their proposed areas of study and showing how the program will contribute to their educational and career goals in ways which would not be possible in a traditional disciplinary program. A tentative list of the courses the applicant intends to take should be appended to the essay.

The MALS Supervisory Committee, composed of faculty with interdisciplinary backgrounds and interests, meets twice a year to review the dossiers of all applicants and determine admissibility.

Application deadlines are April 1 for Fall semester admission and October 1 for Spring semester admission.