Master of Liberal Arts

Immerse yourself in a rigorous, interdisciplinary program focused on applying critical thinking to questions of relevance to professional adults.

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At a Glance

Master's Confers Alumni Status
Full-time, Part-time
One year Full-time
Two years or more Part-time
In-person, Remote, Hybrid

The Master of Liberal Arts program (MLA) at the University of Chicago is a degree program designed for working professionals. Our flexible course schedule is offered remotely and makes our MLA degree program ideal for adults with busy professional lives. 

The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree program leverages our storied tradition in the liberal arts with an interdisciplinary approach designed for working professionals. You will complete nine graduate courses in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, and work individually with University of Chicago faculty on your MLA thesis. With remote or in-person options, you will have the opportunity to tailor the format of the program to fit your schedule.

This highly selective program is a transformative experience that emphasizes the development of rigorous analysis, critical inquiry, open discourse, and effective communication. The MLA is a graduate liberal arts degree with real-world impact.

Designed For

Designed for working professionals or adults seeking personal enrichment. Because the program is by design broad and interdisciplinary, it is intended for students seeking a foundation in the liberal arts rather than a path to specialized doctoral study.

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Conferred by The University of Chicago's Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies