Liberal Arts Degree

Customize your liberal arts master’s degree

Why earn a master’s degree in liberal arts?

Employers seek workers and executives who communicate effectively and demonstrate strong analytical and evaluative skills. They also seek employees and leaders who can make ethical decisions in the workplace and with customers and clients.

Meet the needs of the professional workplace.

A graduate degree in liberal arts provides the background, education and training in developing and practicing these valuable “soft skills” that you need to match your skills to employer needs.

Keep working while earning a graduate degree.

Our Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree at the Richmond’s School of Professional & Continuing Studies is designed for working adults and encourages part-time study and customization. Study the history of ideas in the global marketplace. Customize your study with a self-defined focus area. And apply what you learn directly to your job.

Customize your course of study.

The MLA requires 4 core courses and 6 focus area courses. Your focus area is defined in consultation with the program chair, meaning you customize your course of study and outcomes. And the MLA does not require standardized test scores for admission or a thesis for graduation.

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Your degree on your terms.

calendar iconThe School of Professional & Continuing Studies combines the resources of a private liberal arts college with the scheduling needs of working professionals. Classes are scheduled in the evenings on the University of Richmond campus, located conveniently in Richmond’s near West End with ample parking and all-night library access. Late-night assistance with technology, presentations and writing is also available.

Study and research resources.

search iconFinding a place to study and meet with colleagues are everywhere around campus. High-speed wifi covers both indoor and outdoor public and meeting spaces, with plenty of bandwidth for all your devices. Quiet and social study spaces are available in Boatwright Library, which also boasts over half a million print volumes. You’ll also have access to the library’s hundreds of thousands of online articles, books, and research databases.

For less than expected.

payment iconOur graduate programs offer you the personalized attention and small classes size of a private university at a price that compares favorably with a public education. The MLA requires 30 semester hours, a total of 10 classes, which means you can earn a master’s degree for under $22,000.* Scholarships are available, and our master’s degrees qualify for financial aid.

*2023-24 graduate tuition: $721/hr x 30 hrs = $21,630. Review annual cost of attendance (COA) for SPCS degree-seeking students.