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Registration & Program Requirements


Registration is done through a personalized portal service for the TCU community. Campus class size is limited to 25 students and online classes are limited to 17 students.

Program Requirements

Courses in the MLA program are designed exclusively for this program to insure a broad-based, intellectually stimulating exposure to the richness of the liberal arts. Unlike most graduate courses, MLA courses do not have prerequisites, so students are free to explore a variety of fields or topics they may have missed as undergraduates.

Courses are offered on a rotating basis and are often revised to reflect new advances and perspectives.

Classes typically meet from 6:30 to 9:10 once a week during the fall/spring semesters. Generally, one daytime class is available as a twelve-week course to further accommodate the working community and family schedule for the adult student. Courses, including travel/study, are also offered during the various summer terms.

The Master of Liberal Arts Program publishes course descriptions for each semester. Courses preceded by an asterisk (*) have been designated as “Perspectives on Society” core courses.

Pass/ No Credit

At the election of the student, MLA courses can be taken on a pass no credit basis; however, no more than 9 hours taken on a pass/no credit basis will count toward the M.L.A. degree. A student may select this option on their student center page located at

Continuing Education

Alumni of the program are encouraged to continue their involvement in the program through additional coursework, including travel/study programs, under arrangement with the Master of Liberal Arts Program. Interested alumni should contact the office for details.

Online Courses

Beyond the classroom, MLA students may enroll in online courses. With the development of the MLA Online Program, students may matriculate through the entire program electronically.

Helpful links for online learning:

Complaint Process for Distance Learning Students

Online Learning Readiness Quiz

State Authorization and SARA

Experiential Learning Placements 

Tuition Refund Policy

Prospective distance learning students who will not reside in Texas

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).