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8 Easy Steps to Your Graduate School Application

It's time to take your next step. Here are 8 easy steps to start your graduate school journey off on the right foot.

Oct 02 , 2019

You’ve worked this hard to get to this place in your life and now it’s time for the next challenge. You’re ready. Now all you need to do is get started. Here are the first eight steps on your path to a Master of Liberal Studies degree at Rice:

  1. Review application requirements
    To earn admission to the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program you have to meet certain criteria. Most importantly, you must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college, and have maintained a 3.0 minimum GPA during your undergraduate studies. See all the application requirements here.

  2. Prepare personal statement
    Your personal statement is your declaration of exactly why you’re a prime candidate for the MLS program. This is your opportunity to give the admissions committee an insight into who you are and how an MLS degree would help you achieve your goals.

  3. Refresh resume
    The experience you’ve gained in the real world is a valuable tool for demonstrating your mettle. Update and upgrade your resume to show how your career has led you to Rice.

  4. Start writing sample
    Writing a compelling essay is by far one of the most important parts of your application to the MLS program. It’s a chance to display your critical thinking skills and show off your writing chops as you thoughtfully examine a contemporary issue of your choice.

  5. Request official transcripts
    Contact your alma mater and have electronic copies of your transcripts sent to the Graduate Liberal Studies office at If your previous institution didn’t have this service, please have them mail an official copy instead:
    Rice University Master of Liberal Studies - MS 550
    6100 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77005

  6. Request letters of recommendation
    It’s not just who you know, it’s what they think of you. To apply for the MLS program, you need two letters of recommendation. Reach out to those who can speak to your unique contribution to their lives—whether that was in the classroom or at work.

  7. Complete graduate admission application
    This is the home stretch—you’ve already done the hard work of assembling a great application package. Now you just need to complete the online application and attach all of the required items.

  8. Submit application fee
    Finally, pay the $85 non-refundable application fee or attend an information session to have it waived. For upcoming information sessions, check the MLS calendar.

The power to achieve your goals is in your hands. Leave yourself lots of time to gather your application materials and be mindful of the deadline. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact program director Rebecca Sharp Sanchez at with all your Master of Liberal Studies application questions.

For more information on the Rice MLS program, join us for an information session and we’ll waive your application fee. Our information sessions for Fall 2020 admissions are:

  • online on Feb. 13, 2020 at noon Central time
  • in-person on Feb. 25, 2020 at 6 p.m.
  • in-person on March 26, 2020 at 6 p.m.
  • online on April 9, 2020 at noon Central time

Unable to Attend an Info Session?

Let’s chat. Please contact, Rebecca Sharp at, directly to set up an appointment to discuss how the MLS program can complement your academic and career goals.

Ready to Apply Now?

Submit your application materials by May 1, 2020, to be considered for Fall 2020 admissions:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Application interview
  • $85 non-refundable application fee



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