Students in the spring 2019 MLAS course, Collecting and Preserving the Cultural Record, taught by UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library Archivist Gene Hyde.

UNC Asheville’s Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS) is now enrolling for the fall 2019 semester, and applicants who apply by April 30 will be given priority consideration for scholarships.

The scholarship program is new this year, thanks to a gift from MLAS alumnus Stagg Newman.

The Lee and Martha Newman Fund for the Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, named for Stagg’s parents, will offer four $1,000 scholarships each semester, and students who receive the scholarship in the fall will also be eligible for it again in the spring 2020 semester for a total of $8,000 awarded each year. The $10,000 annual fund also offers opportunities for professional development to support students outside of the classroom.

UNC Asheville’s MLAS program offers an individualized, interdisciplinary curriculum offering graduate students the opportunity to pursue their passions and professional aspirations through an advanced degree. Small seminars with expert faculty range from a creative writing workshop with acclaimed novelist Tommy Hays to climate change science with NCEI Chief, Information Services Division, Tim Owen ’92. The evening seminars accommodate various work schedules, and students interested in an intermediary, more immediate graduate goal, can sync their coursework into the five-course Environmental and Cultural Sustainability Certificate or Climate Change and Society Certificate programs.

For more information about these certificates and the full MLAS curriculum, visit

Fall graduate courses at UNC Asheville include:

  • Creative Writing Workshop with Novelist and Lecturer Tommy Hays
  • The World Since 1945 with Historian and Professor Emeritus Bill Spellman
  • Exploring Sustainability through Literature and Media with MLAS Program Director Gerard Voos
  • Climate Change Science: Principles and Applications with NCEI Chief Information Systems Officer Tim Owen
  • Energy Systems with Physics Professor and Department Chair Randy Booker

MLAS fall courses begin Aug. 19. Each course awards three graduate-level credits, and is limited to 10 students. Students who would like to apply for a scholarship should submit their application materials no later than April 30.

All other program applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Council on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to director Gerard Voos before or during the application process at To enroll, contact 828-250-2399 or visit


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