Master of Liberal Arts, UChicago students in graduation robes.

Master of Liberal Arts

Curriculum Details for Master of Liberal Arts

MLA students choose four liberal arts courses to build an interdisciplinary foundation—one each from the humanities, and social, biological, and physical sciences—plus four electives of particular interest and one thesis/special project course. They complete the program within one year or take up to five years to earn their degree.

UChicago Master of Liberal Arts curriculum chart: 4 core courses, 3 general electives, 1 non-western elective, 1 capstone

Students may also pursue the Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Ethics and Leadership.

Learn more about the Ethics and Leadership concentration

Program Structure

  • Classes meet remotely or in-person once a week for 10 weeks on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings for 3 hours
  • Students register for 1-3 courses per quarter (autumn, winter, spring, summer)
  • 9 courses, including a final thesis or project, are required to earn the MLA degree
  • Students complete the program within 1 year or take up to 5 years
  • Read about the MLA concentration in Ethics and Leadership

Winter Courses



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