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With a completely customizable course of study, Penn’s Master of Liberal Arts is one of the most unique graduate degrees in the Ivy League. You present your ideas and objectives, and our dedicated advisors help you design a one-of-a-kind degree.

Flexible schedules, online courses, accessible faculty and full- and part-time options make it easier than ever to become the master of your craft.

When you join the Master of Liberal Arts program, you become part of a global network of scholars and professionals from all walks of life. Whether you are looking for professional development or an opportunity to research what excites you, our doors are open.

Meet the alumni who mastered it all

Watch 10 students share 10 journeys through the Penn MLA.
  • Sorrel Ann Alburger (MLA, 2015)

    Communications Consultant, Cuba Partners Network

    After 15 years of working at Wharton, Sorrel finally took the leap and become a Penn student with the MLA program. Combining her love of technology, business and international relations, Sorrell’s capstone led her down many fulfilling roads.

  • Medha Sengupta (MLA, 2015)

    Clinical Research Quality Coordinator, Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at Penn Medicine

    After graduating from Drexel University, Medha joined Penn Medicine as a research assistant in clinical trials for cancer treatment. Discover how her interests in neurobiology, mental health and public health converged for a very important capstone with direct impact on Penn students.

  • Greg Caputo (MLA, 2008)

    Writer

    A decade ago, Greg Caputoprobably never imagined himself to be a writer. Today he’s working with production companies on scripted and non-scripted TV shows, and is working on his second book—a novel about a teenager dealing with anxiety. Learn how a fateful car accident lead him to where he is today.

  • Frank DiMauro (MLA, 2009)

    Chief Financial Officer, SNJ Today

    After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Frank DiMauro went on to lead a road-less-traveled career. Between working in marketing, to running a multimedia production company and being an active environmentalist, Frank has plenty of stories to tell.

  • Brian Bocchicchio (MLA, 2015)

    English Teacher, Haddon Heights Junior/Senior High

    An Educator of the Year winner, South Jersey's Top Teacher winner and a regular teacher of the month, Brian Bocchicchio is proof that the best teachers are lifelong students. A lover of poetry, creative writing and literature, Brian came to Penn to dig deep into his very favorite subject—monsters.

  • Alhaji Saccoh (MLA, 2014)

    Founder, Sierra Leone Children’s Fund; Volunteer Firefighter

    Alhaji Saccoh left his home country of Sierra Leone at the age of 16 to pursue his education in the United States. Since then he’s traveled back to improve his village’s schools and fire department. His MLA research focused on economic reform in Sierra Leone and his goal today is to return home and make lasting positive changes.

  • Luz Gamauf (MLA, 2010)

    Professor, Montgomery County Community College

    Luz is a current PhD student at Immaculata University and a Spanish professor at Montgomery County Community College. With a background in finance in Latin America, Luz is anything but a typical student. Learn how her multi-faceted expertise helped her to develop a captivating capstone project on Cuban history.

  • Chris Gibbons (MLA, 2009)

    Partner and Financial Advisor, Thrivent Financial

    When Chris Gibbons was looking for a graduate program, he wanted the flexibility to study topics that bridged religion, political science, law, history and social science. Today, he works for Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit financial advising organization for Christians. There, he helps people become wise with money so that they can feel inspired to live generously.

  • Stephan Clyburn (MLA, 2015)

    Professor, West Chest University

    With three master’s degrees and one PhD candidacy, Stephan Clyburn is no stranger to higher education. His life’s work has focused on social movements and social causes, particularly those that impact African Americans and the African-American community. Learn more about his research and the issues he enthusiastically brings to light.

  • Caroline Lee (MLA, 2014)

    English Teacher, Princeton Day School

    A high school English teacher with a bachelor’s from Rutgers and a master’s from Penn State, Caroline Lee was looking for something truly unique for her next educational endeavor. At the University of Pennsylvania, Caroline’s knack for creative writing and curiosity about her family’s history culminated in an enthralling capstone.

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