Master of Liberal Arts

Develop an individualized program of study based on your personal interests and professional goals with the Master of Liberal Arts in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. This unique master’s degree is specifically designed for working professionals who are preparing for a career change or to advance their current careers, or those who wish to pursue doctoral study.

Liberal Arts master's students are encouraged to develop an individual program of study, based on their own interests and objectives, and in a direction that will challenge and refine their expertise. Students develop strong analytical, research and writing skills through interdisciplinary coursework offered across the College of the Liberal Arts and Temple’s schools and colleges, allowing them to participate in a diverse network of students and faculty while opening doors to new career possibilities. Faculty are drawn from a range of disciplines with an emphasis on applied humanities and expertise in art and culture, media studies, public history, and social theory. 

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    Our Community

    The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field, collaborating with them and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

    Program Format & Curriculum

    Students have up to five years to complete the MLA program on a full or part-time basis with evening classes held after 4:30pm at both Temple’s main and center city campuses. Some classes are offered online or in a hybrid format.

    The curriculum for this 30-credit hour master’s program includes one required course, three Master of Liberal Arts special topics courses and three electives. The culminating event of the program is a Master’s Qualifying Paper demonstrating analytical writing, critical reading and original scholarly thought.

    All MLA students take the Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies course. Examples of the MLA special topics courses include

    • Topics in Environmental Studies,
    • Topics in Gender Studies,
    • Topics in Performance Studies and
    • Topics in Visual Culture.

    Learn more about Master of Liberal Arts courses.

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    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Liberal Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

    Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

    Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
    Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

    Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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