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Start your next chapter with a part-time, evening graduate degree in the liberal arts.

Stanford’s Master of Liberal Arts Program (MLA) offers an extraordinary opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study in the liberal arts and earn your master’s degree at one of the world’s great centers of learning. Designed with busy adults in mind, this part-time graduate degree program holds classes in the evenings and offers a flexible academic schedule.

In the MLA program, students form a close-knit cohort who take courses taught by Stanford faculty. Areas of study include history of science, philosophy, literature, environmental studies, political science, history, and more. Students will hone their ability to write persuasively and creatively, develop persuasive arguments, conduct original research, and integrate thinking from multiple disciplines. For many students, these are ends in themselves. For others, these skills serve them well in their professional lives.

MLA applications are accepted from September through January, with classes beginning in September of the following academic year. For more information on the program and admissions details, please visit: mla.stanford.edu. Information sessions are held throughout the year; visit MLA Admissions for details and to RSVP for a session.

Taking Stanford Continuing Studies courses can be excellent preparation for applying to the MLA program. Each quarter, the MLA program recommends courses that are similar in subject and format to seminars you would find in MLA study.

Upcoming MLA Webinar:

A Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Metzl, winner of the 2020 RFK Book Award for human rights and equal justice. Dr. Metzl will discuss with us his book Dying of Whiteness, Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 pm (PT)REGISTER >


(Most Fall 2020 courses are now in session. Check back in mid-November for recommended Winter 2021 courses)

Euripidean Tragedy: Power, Passion, and Punishment

Roman Revolutions

Muslim Spain: Philosophy and Culture

Greece and Rome: A New Account of Antiquity

The History of Modern China

The Centennial of US Women’s Suffrage: A History

Dante’s Inferno: A 700th-Anniversary Exploration of The Divine Comedy

Modernity and Its Discontents: European Thought and Culture from Fin de Siecle to World War II (An MLA-Style course)

“Education is forever. You don’t have to get an undergraduate degree and be done. You have to figure out what matters to you and pursue it throughout your life. For me, that’s education.” Ken, MLA 2020.

“I didn’t think the MLA program would be so profoundly life-changing as it turned out to be. I changed the course of my career as a result.” Lisa, MLA 2015.