MLA students choose four liberal arts courses to build an interdisciplinary foundation—one each from the humanities, and social, biological, and physical sciences—plus four electives of particular interest and one thesis special project course. They complete the program within one year or take up to five years to earn their degree. The Master of Liberal Arts program turned out to be a practical pursuit because I have been able to translate it so well in my work.
The Master of Liberal Arts program (MLA) at the University of Chicago is a degree program designed for working professionals. Our flexible course schedule offered in downtown Chicago makes our MLA degree program ideal for adults with busy professional lives. For professional advancement or personal enrichment, our MLA program helps you sharpen your analytic skills, think and plan at a strategic level, better express your ideas, and make convincing arguments.
Our open-to-all courses provide students an opportunity to experience aspects of the Basic Program without committing to the full four years of the Certificate. Courses range from 3 to 10 weeks and are offered year round.
Basic Program Core Curriculum courses will also be offered online, beginning in Autumn 2018. Students follow the curriculum in order, starting with Year 1 Autumn, progressing with their cohort from quarter to quarter through the program. Each section meets for 3 hours, once a week for 10 weeks.
The Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults centers on a four-year Certificate program with a rigorous, liberal arts curriculum that draws on the strong Socratic tradition at the University of Chicago. There are no tests, papers, or grades; you will instead discuss, disagree, and discover these works just as students in the University of Chicago College do, with the benefit of additional years of insight and experience to add to the conversation. The core of the program is the 4-Year Certificate, and students can then continue their path with the Alumni Courses and Sequences.