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Here, there is something for everyone.

The Master of Liberal Arts program at TCU is accessible for students from all walks of life and is aimed at promoting lifelong learning. Whether you’re just completing your undergraduate degree, or have been a member of the workforce for a significant period of time, the MLA has something for you.

The Master of Liberal Arts program is open to any person who holds a bachelor´s degree from an accredited college or university, regardless of major academic emphasis or date of completion.


Application Requirements

A $60 application fee is requred of all applicants

  • An OFFICIAL copy of your transcript mailed from all colleges attended directly to the TCU Registrar's Office: TCU Box 297005, Fort Worth, TX 76129 or securely emailed to
  • An UNOFFICIAL copy of your transcript can be uploaded with your application or e-mailed to
  • If you attended TCU, the Master of Liberal Arts program will obtain your transcripts that are on file in the Registrar’s Office.
  • Completed Visa Request Form for International Applicants Requesting an I-20
  • Valid passport
  • An English language proficiency test score is required of all non-native English speakers, with the exception of applicants who qualify for one of the following:
    • Have completed at least 24 hours of transferable academic credit (including English composition) from a college in the U.S.
    • Have completed a graduate degree in the U.S.
    • Hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution where
      • English is the language of instruction and
      • the accredited institution is located in a country where English is an official language (e.g., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda).

    We will accept TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), Duolingo English Test, PTE (Pearson Test of English) or IELTS (International English Language Training System) scores. Test scores are valid for two years.

    Minimum score required:

    • TOEFL: 80
    • Duolingo English Test: 110
    • PTE: 53
    • IELTS: 6.5


Transfer Credit

Requests must be made on the appropriate form accompanied by a catalog course description. An official transcript of the graduate work must be mailed or securely e-mailed ( from the Registrar’s Office of the previous institution, directly to the Master of Liberal Arts Program.

  • Credit may be requested only for courses broad enough in content to meet the philosophic intent of the MLA program.
  • The credits will not be accepted if they were used toward a degree that has been completed.
  • Courses, other than MLA, completed at TCU may not be applied toward degree requirements.
  • All requests are subject to approval by the MLA Advisory Committee.
  • No more than six hours of transfer credit will be accepted. 


Tuition & Financial Aid

Semester Cost
Fall 2023    $1,145 per semester hour
Spring 2024  $1,145 per semester hour
Summer 2024  $1,235 per semester hour
Fall 2024 $1,235 per semester hour

*There will be a $130 fee charged for each online course.

** Students enrolled in 9+ hours pay a $24 Graduate Student Senate Fee.

Students interested in Financial Aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here to contact the TCU Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.