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Master of Liberal Arts

A curriculum created with you, for you

Your journey to the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) at Penn starts with you: your passions, your questions and your unique combination of academic interests. You state your goals, and we help you craft your course of study within the rigorous academic environment of the Ivy League. The MLA offers intellectual explorers like you the opportunity to design your own curriculum at the intersection of your pursuits.

Whether as a full- or part-time student, you’ll have access to classes in more than 50 liberal arts course areas, and the chance to study in other world-renowned departments throughout the university. Most of our courses take place in a small seminar format, allowing you to connect with both professors and peers in an intimate setting. The MLA at Penn provides a powerful combination of customizability, advising and the outstanding resources of one of the nation’s top research universities. Enrich your career or create a launch pad for new opportunities today—our doors are open.

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Curriculum

Individualized curriculum

With Penn's MLA program, you design a curriculum centering on a particular theme that interests you.

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Program Resources

Master of Liberal Arts information session

Meet MLA Director, Dr. Chris Pastore, as he discusses the MLA program, the curriculum and what MLA graduates are doing with their degrees.

View info session video >

Capstones

Individual capstone projects

The capstone project is the culminating experience, allowing you to integrate and celebrate your education at Penn.

Read about Capstone Projects >

LPS News

  • The faculty and staff of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 lineup of events, tours, fairs and on-campus and virtual information sessions. More >
  • Read about John Butow (Master of Environmental Studies '14) and his work around the country and the globe as Senior Environmental Specialist for Aramark’s Global Risk Management Group. More >

Contact

College of Liberal and Professional Studies Office

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

E-MAIL:
PHONE:
FAX:

lps@sas.upenn.edu
(215) 898-7326
(215) 573-2053

 

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3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

E-MAIL:
PHONE:
FAX:

lps@sas.upenn.edu
(215) 898-7326
(215) 573-2053

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