Master of
Liberal
Studies

Expand your horizons and gain a deeper understanding of the world with the Master of Liberal Studies program. This program combines a world-class Rice education with the flexibility of a degree plan tailored to meet your needs.

Master of Liberal Studies

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About the Program

Since its inception in 2005, the Rice 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 age and profession – adds a level of broad-mindedness not typically found in the traditional classroom.

Flexible Degree Plan: Part-time or full-time study for increased flexibility. Whether you are pursuing a degree to enrich your life or adding skills to your resume, Master of Liberal Studies courses meet once per week and allows up to seven years for completion, letting you take one or two classes per semester.

New in 2020 - Full-time study option is now available. Complete your graduate degree in as little as 4 semesters.

Curated Curriculum: A program tailored to fit your personal and professional goals. After completing three core courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, students can customize the remainder of their degree plan to pursue their areas of interest. Each degree plan culminates in a capstone course that helps students integrate their custom path through research or creative work.

Top Tier Rice Faculty:Rice’s world-class faculty aren’t just the best in their field; they define the field. 97 percent hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field. Each has access to approximately $125 million in externally funded research expenditures—meaning your Master of Liberal Studies experience will be guided by the best, brightest and most respected experts in your area of study. Browse our outstanding faculty.

Community of Scholars: Expand your network as you broaden your horizons. From physicians and c-suite professionals to recent college graduates and retirees, the Master of Liberal Studies program brings together a diverse group of students with a wide spectrum of experiences. The community you create here will connect you to new perspectives, big ideas, and a better understanding of a world that reaches far beyond the hedges of Rice’s beautiful campus.

Houston

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Global Reach
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Elite,

Not Elitist

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TOP OF THEIR FIELD

Faculty

BEAUTIFUL

Rice Campus
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CURATED

Curriculum
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DIVERSE IN

Profession & Passion
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WORLD RENOWNED

Academics
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SMALL

Classes
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CLOSE & CONNECTED

Alumni

Browse Our Upcoming MLS Courses

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The House of Stuart


Dr. Newell Boyd

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Creative Nonfiction


Dr. Deborah Barrett

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Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies


Dr. Joseph Campana & Theodore Bale

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Women in Southern Literature


Dr. Deborah Barrett

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Children of Immigrants


Dr. Ozge Gurganli

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America Through Foreign Eyes


Dr. Julie Fette

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Asian Religious and Medical Traditions


Dr. Alejandro Chaoul

Subscribe to learn more about how you can get involved.

Email: mls@rice.edu

 

Assistant Director
Kim Raptis
713-348-6118
kim.raptis@rice.edu

 

Director
Rebecca Sharp
713-348-4767
rksharp@rice.edu

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Rice University
Anderson-Clarke Center
Third Floor
Houston, TX 77005

MAILING ADDRESS

Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Rice University
Mail Stop 550
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

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