Program Offerings

The Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) program at Rice University is designed for those who crave intellectual challenge at a world-class university.

The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree and the Diploma in Liberal Studies (DLS) allow working adults, retirees and other non-traditional university students to examine timeless, timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Satisfy your curiosity about the world through art, literature, science, politics, human nature and history.

Master of Liberal Studies

Since its inception in 2005, the Rice Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program has attracted a wide spectrum of students. Medical doctors, attorneys, homemakers, recent college graduates, retirees, teachers, a range of business professionals and others have been accepted into the program. Such diversity – in both age and profession – adds a level of broadmindedness not typically found in the traditional classroom. The MLS program seeks committed, energetic adult students with bachelor’s degrees from an accredited college or university, who have significant life experiences and who are able to communicate effectively.

Learn more about Rice University's Master of Liberal Studies

Diploma in Liberal Studies

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 – or other similar graduate liberal studies – the DLS option allows these graduates to maximize and enhance their academic investment.

Learn more about Rice University's Diploma in Liberal Studies