Penn’s Master of Liberal Arts

What do you want to master?

Your journey to the Master of Liberal Arts at the University of Pennsylvania starts with you: your passions, your questions, and your unique combination of academic interests. You state your goals, and we help you craft your course of study within the exciting academic environment of the Ivy League.

  • Discover courses in more than 50 academic subjects across the arts and sciences
  • Enroll full or part time, so you can pursue your education without interrupting your career
  • Enjoy small seminar settings in daytime or evening classes
  • Take online courses that fit your schedule
  • Enhance your education with world-renowned faculty and Ivy League resources
  • Receive one-on-one advising to make the most of your Penn experience
  • Choose from courses across the University and build an entirely unique curriculum, or focus your studies with a graduate certificate in a wide range of topics:
  • African Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Cinema Studies
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • East Asian Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Folklore Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Public Culture
  • Religion in Public Life
  • Urban Studies

Be the master of your future. Enrich your career or create a launchpad for new opportunities today—our doors are open.

Ivelisse Cruz, MLA ‘17

Nonprofit and Small Business Coordinator, Philadelphia VIP

“Not only did the MLA program connect me to volunteer work in Philadelphia but it also gave me the scholarship necessary to change my career from publishing to urban studies. Now I have academic experience in solving urban problems.”

Stephan Clyburn, MLA ‘15

Professor, West Chester University

“I was attempting to write a publication on mass incarceration in the United States, and I thought the MLA program would give me an opportunity to get feedback from prominent people. I knew I could find respected scholars at this institution. Now that I have completed my MLA degree, I'm grateful for having had the opportunity.”