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MLA Academic Requirements

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The Master of Liberal Arts program at TCU is designed to offer graduate-level education in the broad areas of liberal studies. It is a multidisciplinary, non-career oriented program that seeks to offer a wide range of educational opportunities to students of diverse educational backgrounds.

The intent of the program is to make available to all college graduates an opportunity to satisfy their intellectual curiosity and to broaden their knowledge.


Degree Requirements

The MLA degree requires successful completion of 30 hours of coursework. Only MLA courses will fulfill the requirements for the MLA degree.

Twelve of the 30 hours must be in MLA courses designated as "Perspectives on Society." Courses so designated will relate a liberal arts discipline to

      1. issues of contemporary American society
      2. issues of culture or cultural diversity in America
      3. other world cultures and societies.

Important considerations:

      • No thesis is required.
      • An average GPA of 2.75 is required for graduation.
      • Graduate students pursuing their MLA degree are expected to complete all requirements within a period of five years from the date of the earliest credit to be counted toward that degree including transfer credit. If this timeline cannot be met, an extension may be applied for.
      • While in-person classe are offered, most students may matriculate through the entire program electronically.


Online Learning Resources

The United States Department of Education(USDOE) published regulations in the Federal Register (Chapter 34, § 600.9(c)) that require all institutions of higher education to seek authorization in every state (and territory) in which they operate, physically or virtually, in order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid. TCU’s authorization status can be viewed by state at

We can ONLY accept students from states where we are registered (showing in purple on the state-authorization map).