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Thank you for your interest in the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Below, you will find a list of our frequently asked questions. For your convenience, you can filter all questions by topic.


  • Can I transfer credit I’ve earned from other graduate-level liberal arts programs to the MLS or DLS program?

    No. As stated above, all courses must be taken within the Rice MLS or DLS program, respectively.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Where are MLS & DLS classes held, and how often do they meet?

    Classes are held on the Rice campus and meet once a week for three hours. Students may opt to attend class in-person or virtually via Zoom.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Are any MLS or DLS courses held in the daytime?

    No. Classes meet during weekday evenings.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • How large are MLS & DLS classes?

    The MLS & DLS programs stress small classes and most classes will have 12 students, although some classes may be slightly smaller or larger.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • How long will it take to earn the MLS degree?

    Part-time Master of Liberal Studies students who take one course per semester can earn your degree in 11 semesters or in a little less than four years. Students can earn it sooner by taking two courses per semester and/or in the summer. Part-time students are required to take only one course during their first semester, but may take up to two courses per semester after that. Given that scenario, you could finish in two and a half years. 

    Full-time students who take three courses (9 hours) in the fall and spring semesters and at least 2 courses (6 hours) in the summer can earn the degree in two years.

    It is the policy of the MLS program that you must finish your degree requirements within seven years from the date you first began the program.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Can I skip a semester in the MLS or DLS program?

    Yes, but you must take at least two courses per academic year. Students who do not take courses in two or more consecutive semester must submit a leave of absence request. 

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Will I be writing a Master’s thesis in the MLS program?

    No, but a lengthy paper or project will be required in the capstone (final) course. Also, research papers will be required in all courses.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • What will it cost to attain the MLS degree?

    For students entering this year and completing their degree within four years, we estimate the program will cost approximately $35,000 in tuition and fees.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Do Rice staff get a tuition discount for the MLS or DLS program?

    Benefits-eligible Rice staff who demonstrate a financial need can receive a 50% tuition discount.  The MLS and DLS programs are not eligible for the Rice tuition waiver, but eligible students may be eligible for Rice tuition reimbursement.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Do Rice alumni get a tuition discount?

    Graduates of Rice University receive a 10% tuition discount.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    General Information, Master of Liberal Studies

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713-348-4803
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POSTAL ADDRESS

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies - MS-550
Rice University
Houston, TX 77005

STREET ADDRESS

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies - MS-550
Anderson-Clarke Center
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

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