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Master of Liberal Arts

Curriculum Details for Master of Liberal Arts

Important Dates

Autumn Quarter Application Deadline

If you value spirited dialogue and being challenged to defend your point of view, the University of Chicago Graham School’s Master of Liberal Arts program is your next springboard.

Choose 4 liberal arts courses to build an interdisciplinary foundation—1 each from the humanities, and social, biological, and physicial sciences—plus 4 electives of particular interest and 1 thesis/special project course. Complete the MLA program within 1 year or take up to 5 years to earn your degree. Please scroll down to see the full list of MLA courses. Click on the course titles to view course descriptions, syllabi, and instructor bios. 

Course Requirements

  • 1 humanities course
  • 1 social science course
  • 1 biological science course
  • 1 physical science course
  • 4 elective courses, including 1 with a non-Western focus
  • 1 thesis/special project course

Program Structure

  • Classes meet 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
  • Complete the program within 1 year or take up to 5 years

Click on the course titles to view course descriptions, syllabi, and instructor bios. 

autumn 2017

winter 2018

spring 2018