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Application Guidelines and Requirements:

Please note that as the MLAS program is designed as a part-time degree program for adult learners, we do not accept international applicants.  

1. The MLAS program offers "Rolling Admissions" in that applications may be submitted at any time, and are reviewed and evaluated as they are received. However, the sooner that an application is received prior to the term in which the student wishes to begin study, the better. Please note that if an application is submitted less than a month prior to the start of the term of matriculation, there may not be enough time for that application to complete the review and evaluation process.

2. 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. Transcripts can be sent either through the postal service or via secure electronic delivery. In order to be considered official, transcripts and other documents must come directly from the institution attended. Some institutions provide secure electronic delivery of manuscripts. Such submissions may be made to Transcripts sent through the postal service should be addressed as follows:

PMB 407833
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN  37240-7833

Please do not have transcripts sent directly to the MLAS program.

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required. In the online application, you may enter in all boxes "N/A, or "Not Applicable." If you have GRE scores, feel free to enter them. At any rate, it is important to enter something in the GRE boxes for your application to be complete.

4. 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. Again, it is important to enter something in the language box for your application to be complete.

5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with you as a professional or as a student and who can speak to your qualifications are also required.

6. The Statement of Purpose, which can be appended to the online application, is a 250-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.

7. The final step of the application process is an optional interview with the MLAS Director, Dr. Sheri Shaneyfelt. After reviewing your application, Dr. Shaneyfelt will get in touch with you to schedule an interview if desired or required.