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Earn Your Master of Liberal Arts


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Tulane University's School of Professional Advancement offers an interdisciplinary Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree to prepare students for versatile leadership opportunities across industries. The MLA degree program at Tulane, which began in 1983, exposes students to a wide range of reflections on the human experience, over different epochs and from multiple perspectives. 

Course offerings include academic disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The program promotes the development of skills in reading, writing, and oral communication and culminates in a Capstone Project or Portfolio*. The School of Professional Advancement’s MLA program welcomes students of diverse educational backgrounds, and in coordination with the MLA director, Dr. Ronna Burger, students will develop a plan of study tailored to their individual interests.

*The Capstone is required for students entering in Fall 2019 and optional for students who began the MLA prior to Fall 2019.

Expand Your Critical Thinking Skills With A Master of Liberal Arts

Students in the MLA program benefit from Tulane’s long-standing legacy of liberal arts achievement, balanced with flexible course schedules catered to working professionals. No matter your current profession, you can earn a versatile master’s degree focused on developing your critical thinking and communication skills. You’ll gain access to the full spectrum of graduate-level liberal arts courses offered through Tulane University, combined with SoPA’s dedication to professional development.

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A stack of eight literary works representing what students will study in Tulane School of Professional Advancement's Master of Liberal Arts program in New Orleans, LA

Cater Your Degree to Meet Your Professional Goals

With a Master of Liberal Arts degree, students develop a foundation of knowledge applicable to a wide range of professional settings. Depending on your personalized plan of study, you may pursue advanced roles in corporate and office settings or nonprofit organizations, as well as government agencies or educational institutions. Common industries that align well with the MLA program include advertising, human resources, journalism, and post-secondary education.

Graduates may be eligible to fulfill any of the following professional roles:

  • Reporter or Broadcast News Analyst
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Economist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Writer or Editor
Dr. Ronna Burger, Professor of Philosophy, along with two other liberal arts faculty members at the Tulane School of Professional Advancement in New Orleans, LA

Build Your Network With an Esteemed Program Faculty

The MLA program faculty includes the Director of the MLA program, Dr. Ronna Burger, Professor of Philosophy, holding the Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair, and the Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, as well as other liberal arts and sciences faculty of the university. With such a diverse professional faculty, students gain access to a far-reaching professional network across the Gulf South.

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MLA Admission Requirements

Students applying to the MLA program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applications to the program must include:

  • A statement of 250-500 words describing how graduate education at Tulane University would support them to achieve personal and/or professional objectives.
  • Official college transcripts from each college attended. Typically, successful applicants will have at least a “B” (3.00) average in all coursework taken.

Applicants may be conditionally admitted to enroll in one course in their first semester and must earn a grade of B or better to gain regular admission.

Completed applications are reviewed by the MLA director and Admissions Committee throughout the year.
 

MLA Degree Requirements

The School of Professional Advancement awards the Master of Liberal Arts degree following the successful completion of ten courses. Students may not apply more than two independent study courses toward graduation requirements for the MLA. Students must also submit an application for degree, available from the School of Professional Advancement Dean's office, at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to complete all required coursework.

The MLA Capstone allows students to critically and systematically integrate the knowledge gained in the program. Students will have two options – the Capstone Project and the Capstone Portfolio. Students will work with the MLA Director to determine the best option for their learning goals. Each option will feature a seminar, which will serve as the 10th course in the MLA program. Students wishing to complete a master’s thesis will be exempt from the Capstone requirement.

Eligibility for Transfer Credits

Students in good standing may petition to transfer a maximum of nine credit hours (three courses) of graduate coursework from other accredited colleges or universities to the Master of Liberal Arts degree. However, only courses with grades of B or better, completed within five years of enrolling in the MLA program, may be considered for transfer credit.

Listing of Required Courses

Students are required to complete ten courses. These must include at least two core courses (designated MLAR), while students may be eligible to enroll in other graduate-level liberal arts courses at Tulane. As their tenth course, students will enroll in a Capstone seminar to complete either a Capstone Project or a Capstone Portfolio. MLA students who wish to write a thesis in lieu of the tenth course may petition the Director to do so.

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Tuition

  • All SoPA Undergraduate: $476/credit
  • Non-SoPA undergraduate courses: $2,199/credit
  • All SoPA Graduate: $1,039/credit
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates & Professional Certificates: $476/credit

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Fees

  • Undergraduate Application Fee: $40
  • Graduate Application Fee: $50
  • Academic Support Fee: $60
  • Student Activity Fee: $12 per three-credit course ($48 maximum)
  • Graduate Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Fee: $1,000
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