Master of Liberal Studies

MLS 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.

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


Attend an Information Session

We invite you to join us at one of our upcoming information sessions. Ask your questions and hear from MLS alumni, program administrators and our outstanding faculty members. Upcoming events include:

  • Professional Master's Programs at Rice University - Nov. 27, 2018, 6 p.m., Rice University