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Program Resources

The resources below offer a broad orientation to the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program, information about administrative aspects of the program and include forms you may need while you pursue your studies.

Virtual information session

During this information session, MLA Program Director Dr. Chris Pastore discusses the MLA program, its curriculum, and what MLA graduates are doing with their degrees.

If you have a problem viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

MLA Alumni Panel

Program Director Dr. Chris Pastore hosted a virtual discussion featuring MLA alumni who discussed what the program meant for them and how their degrees are impacting what they are doing today. Watch our accomplished alumni share their experiences and see how the MLA program can enrich your life. Featuring: Chris Gibbons, Andie Tursi, Jay Esposito, Denise Dahlhoff, Lauren Cooper, and Allison Doyle.

If you have a problem viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

Student handbook

For guidelines on MLA degree requirements, structuring your individualized curriculum, capstone and policies, refer to the Master of Liberal Arts Student Handbook (PDF).

National Honor Society

The Penn MLA program chapter of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) National Honor Society was launched in fall 2018. We encourage students to explore membership in the National Honor Society by reviewing the eligibility guidelines and contacting the MLA Program Director, Christopher Pastore, PhD. Our Penn MLA students do outstanding work in their studies and we are pleased to have founded a chapter and extend the opportunity for membership to our graduates as another acknowledgment of their accomplishments.

Academic resources

MLA students at Penn are part of a vibrant intellectual community, with access to a wide range of academic and cultural resources, including:


As you continue your MLA studies, refer to the following forms as needed:

Upcoming application deadline

The application deadline for spring 2022 is November 1, 2021.

Penn and the arts

From theatre, museums, galleries, and music and dance, arts play a leading role in life on campus.

Alumni stories

“My advisors have been helpful in keeping me on track but also giving me the breathing space I need to do this right—because I didn’t want to do it halfway.”
– Jonathan Broder, MPHIL ‘19