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Master of Liberal Arts

Bridging the Gap panel

How the Liberal Arts Thrive in the Business World

Creative thinking in the liberal arts tradition continues to serve as the mainspring for the innovations and changes taking place in the business world today. Read more >

Asha Nathan

The need to dig deep into topics for the MLA program completely changed how I communicate at work. I’m not afraid to ask questions anymore, especially when something doesn’t make sense.

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New Happy Hour Brings Together MLA Students Past and Present

Inaugurating what is planned as a periodic community gathering, the Graham School’s Master of Liberal Arts program hosted a happy hour on March 23. Learn more >

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Autumn Quarter Application Deadline
September 15, 2017


Student Stories

MLA students come from all backgrounds, careers, and life experiences.

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The Master of Liberal Arts program (MLA) at the University of Chicago is a degree program designed for working professionals. Our flexible course schedule and campus conveniently located in downtown Chicago make our MLA degree program ideal for adults with busy professional lives. We count doctors, police officers, lawyers, teachers, business professionals, and a wide variety of other professions among our current students.

What draws this diverse set of professions to the MLA degree program is its engaging course of interdisciplinary liberal arts studies: all MLA students take one course each in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Physical Sciences, and then fill their remaining course requirements with free electives. This intense sequence of interdisciplinary courses exposes students to diverse methods of thought and provides a lens through which to see connections across fields.

Masters of liberal studies graduates therefore return to their professional lives with a new skillset; as a result they are able to approach problems that present themselves on the job in ways distinct from their colleagues. MLA graduates are able to approach a given problem, analyze it from multiple perspectives, better understand its complicated causes, and propose multivariate solutions. In short, after their interdisciplinary course of liberal arts education, Masters of Liberal Arts graduates can see connections across fields that their narrowly-trained colleagues might otherwise miss; they are therefore better-positioned to propose appropriate solutions.