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Diploma in Liberal Studies

Offered for the first time in 2017, the Diploma in Liberal Studies (DLS) complements and extends the educational goals of the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program.

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

The DLS 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. This combination lays the foundation for potentially richer contributions to their community in the form of critical publications, community service, doctoral studies or career work.

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