Master of Liberal Arts


Degree Requirements

To receive the MLA degree, students complete nine courses:

  • Four core courses (one of each: humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences)
  • Four electives, one of which must be of non-western focus
  • Thesis course

Program Structure

What is the MLA program structure like?

  • Classes meet online or in-person once a week for ten weeks on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings for three hours.
  • Students register for one-to-three courses per quarter (autumn, winter, spring, summer).
  • Students may complete the program in as little as one year or as many as five years.


Ethics and Leadership

The world needs more thoughtful and purposeful leadership.

Ethics and Leadership is for students who want to examine ethical theory and engage in a rigorous exploration of models of leadership.

Learn more about Ethics and Leadership.

Literary Studies

Literary Studies

Literary Studies pursues questions about the formal structure of literary works and genres, the connection between literature and culture, the relationship between philosophy and literature, and the methodologies that underpin scholarly modes of literary inquiry.

Learn more about Literary Studies.

Writing Advisors

The MLA has resident writing advisors who are available to assist students with writing, research, revising, editing, proofreading, and more. They meet with students individually and through group writing workshops. The MLA writing advisors also guide students through the thesis proposal process, from brainstorming and proposal revisions to securing a Faculty Advisor.