About Us

The Graduate Liberal Studies program at Rice University is designed for those who crave intellectual challenge at a world-class university. Two unique paths are available: the well-established Master of Liberal Studies degree and the all-new Diploma in Liberal studies degree.

Exploring liberal arts at a highly integrated level is not always possible in a career-focused undergraduate curriculum. Both degrees are 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.

Both paths are designed for those who love to learn new ideas, explore new worlds and enjoy meeting others who are part of the same expedition. By examining timeless, timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, students satisfy their curiosity about the world through art, literature, science, politics, human nature and history.

Rice University hosts the national office and is a proud member institution of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).