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Master’s Program • MLA

Master of Liberal Arts

Program Highlights

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

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.

Offered by the University of Chicago’s (opens in new tab) Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

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At a Glance

Mixed (Full-time and Part-time)
1 year Full-time
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