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Earn Your Degree at Your Pace

New in 2020 - Full-Time Study with Rice's Master of Liberal Studies Program

Feb 05 , 2020

For more than 15 years, the Masters of Liberal Studies program at Rice has offered Houston-area, curious-minded individuals an avenue to pursue higher education in a curated learning environment. Small classes, renowned instructors, a tight-knit community. Among the many aspects that have traditionally attracted students to the MLS program, most notably is the degree plan flexibility offered by part-time studies. This year, we’re proud to announce that we’re expanding on that flexibility even further.

Beginning in fall 2020, students now have the option to earn their master’s degree at a pace that fits their personal and professional aspirations. Whether your goal is to complete your degree in a specified timeframe or customize your plan of study around course offerings, with options of full-time studies and part-time studies, students may complete the MLS program in as little as 4 semesters or as many as 14.

Advantages of Full-Time Study

  1. Immediate return for career goals and advancement
    Many choose to embark on graduate studies to prepare for increased employment opportunities or higher pay scales. By completing your degree in 2 years, you’re that much closer to reaping the professional and economic benefits of your graduate degree.

  2. Easier long-term planning
    Don’t let your studies keep you from making future life decisions. Been considering a big move? A career shift to an industry you’ve longed to enter? With full-time studies, you’re able to plan for your next steps with confidence.

  3. Eligibility for federal financial aid
    To be eligible for federal financial aid, graduate students must be enrolled in a program at full-time status (a minimum of 9 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters). To learn more about your options, please visit Rice’s Office of Financial Aid’s site for graduate students:

  4. Immerse yourself in your time here at Rice
    We want you to get the most of your time as a Rice Owl. With full-time study you’re devoting more time to your studies meaning you’ll be on campus more often. Enjoy a daily coffee at Brochstein Pavilion, a stroll through the oak-lined paths or an in-depth exploration in Fondren Library. Branch beyond your classmates and meet some of the other people that make the Rice community so beloved. Your time as an Owl is special, make it the best you can.

For more information on the Rice MLS program, join us for an information session and we’ll waive your application fee.

Unable to Attend an Info Session?

Let’s chat. Please contact, Rebecca Sharp at, directly to set up an appointment to discuss how the MLS program can complement your academic and career goals.

Ready to Apply Now?

Submit your application materials by May 15 to be considered for Fall admissions, October 15 for Spring admissions and February 15 for Summer admissions:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Application interview
  • $85 non-refundable application fee



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