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Master of Liberal Arts

Earn an MLA degree in a subject that excites you with daytime, evening and online courses

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.

What do you want to master?

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.

Meet the alumni who mastered it all >

Fast facts

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Individualized curriculum

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

See Courses and Curriculum >

Program Resources

MLA on-campus information session

Meet MLA Director, Dr. Chris Pastore, and learn more about the program on Tuesday, November 12th.

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Individual capstone projects

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

Read about Capstone Projects >

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