Master of Liberal Arts in Political and Civic Engagement
Potential applicants should first contact the program director at 803/323-2368 to discuss their interest prior to the application process. Admission to the program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Applications should be submitted to the Graduate School office. Complete applications are strongly suggested to be sent by June 15 for Fall admission and October 15 for Spring admission and should consist of the following:
1. The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee
2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.
3. A 5-6 page double-spaced essay explaining interests in the MLA program based on individual intellectual history and interests. The essay should specifically focus on the academic and intellectual “fit” between the applicant and the program. This should include a description of the applicant’s intellectual interests, academic background, academic goals, reading habits, plans for personal development, and ultimate “outcomes” that the program might provide. The essay is an intellectual self-evaluation in which the applicant explains why the MLA program is the right thing for the applicant’s personal growth at this time. The “fit” between the applicant and the program should also be explained in terms of what the applicant can bring to the program. Here, the applicant should focus on insights and perspectives that might grow out of formal education, lifetime reading habits, professional and career experiences, cultural awareness (including travel, contact with other cultures, and knowledge of other languages), hobbies, non-academic interests, and any other relevant personal experiences
4. An interview with the MLA graduate program director (in some circumstances an inquiry and interview may precede the actual application process).*
5. While not required, reference letters from professional and/or academic sources are recommended.
*The application materials are reviewed by the MLA admissions committee which makes recommendation to the MLA program director. When an applicant is approved by the committee, the director arranges for a personal interview with the candidate. A final decision regarding admission is reached after the interview. For more information and application materials contact:
Dr. Timothy Boylan
MLA Graduate Program Director
Rock Hill, SC 29733