Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an advanced graduate degree designed for individuals with a passion for academic pursuits. As an MPhil candidate, you can demonstrate scholarship beyond a master’s degree for professional advancement, personal interest or preparation for a doctoral program with our personalized and flexible offerings. The Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts can serve as an important step in future PhD studies, or simply as a way to deepen engagement with the topics that challenge and excite you.
Advance your studies at Penn
If you already hold a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania with an interdisciplinary background, earned a Penn MLA, or hold an equivalent graduate degree from another institution, the Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts offers a way to earn an additional master’s degree in just six course units (c.u.).* Your MPhil program includes five courses (up to four in a single discipline) and an Independent Study, during which you write the MPhil degree thesis.
When you join the Master of Philosophy program, you select an advisory committee of two of Penn’s acclaimed faculty to help you establish guidelines for your thesis including whether your project requires a defense, an examination or a language proficiency. Your advisors also review and approve the written project as part of your successful completion of the Master of Philosophy Liberal Arts degree.
We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our Program Director to review your current research and explore your options for pursuing a Master of Philosophy Liberal Arts degree at Penn.