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Tuition and Fees

For the 2020-2021 academic year, MLS tuition is $3,125 per course.


For the 2020-2021 academic year, MLS tuition is $3,125 per course. Annual tuition increases should be expected. For more detailed information, see the academic Policies.


Fees include but are not limited to:

  • Student services fee: $52 per session
  • Parking fee: $89-$288 per year, depending on permit
  • Graduate Student Association Fee: $22 per semester (no more than $44 per year)
  • Student Health Fee: $279 per semester (full-time students only)

Tuition and fees cover a campus ID from the campus police, a Rice e-mail account, Fondren Library privileges, access to the Rice Recreation Center and representation to the Rice University Graduate Student Association (GSA).


First-semester students will receive their required texts at no charge. Following their first semester, all students are responsible for the cost of their required texts.

Financial Aid

Students in the Master of Liberal Studies program may be eligible to receive federal student loans, Grad PLUS loans and private loans. The enrollment requirement for eligibility is at least half-time or 4.5 hours. Visit for Rice University's Office of Financial Aid more information. 

The MLS program offers limited scholarships to current students who demonstrate financial need. The program is actively seeking individuals or corporations who could underwrite a scholarship fund to help worthy students pursue their degree. 

Refund of Tuition and Fees

All tuition refunds are subject to the refund schedule posted in the official Rice University academic calendar.


Join us for a Master of Liberal Studies information session and learn about the program while meeting program administrators, faculty and alumni. We will provide an overview of the program and admissions process and answer questions. We offer online and face-to-face sessions.