The Diploma in Liberal Studies is a graduate-level diploma, unique to Rice University.

Offered for the first time in 2017, the Diploma in Liberal Studies (DLS) program complements and extends the educational goals of the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program. DLS is a graduate-level diploma that is currently unique to Rice University.

Exploring liberal arts at a highly integrated level is not always possible in a career-focused undergraduate curriculum. As with MLS, the DLS program is tailored toward working adults, retirees and other non-traditional university students who wish to broaden their knowledge in fields they may not have studied in their earlier education. Courses are taught by distinguished Rice faculty and invited visiting faculty who maintain the high academic standards of Rice University.

Designed primarily for those who have completed the MLS degree, DLS allows these graduates to maximize and enhance their academic investment. However, the program also welcomes non-MLS students on a case-by-case basis that considers academic background and future goals. Well-prepared applicants who are accepted into the program can deepen their interdisciplinary knowledge while honing research and writing skills, laying the foundation to improve critical publications, community service, doctoral studies or career work.