Master of Liberal Arts

Established in 1962, the Johns Hopkins Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Program has gained national recognition for the quality of its teaching and the breadth of its course offerings. The MLA thrives on the curiosity, passion, and diversity of its students. Our community of scholars eagerly embraces the Master of Liberal Arts interdisciplinary approach and flexible curriculum to better understand more about the world—and in so doing, learn and understand more about themselves. 

Master of Liberal Arts

Format Online and Onsite (Baltimore, MD)
Entry Terms Fall, Spring, and Summer
Degree Requirements 10 courses (no residency requirement)
Length of Program 12 – 24 months
Tuition $2,797 per course*

The Johns Hopkins Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) is a unique, non-traditional graduate degree. Whereas most graduate programs ask you to become more and more specialized, the MLA expects you to both broaden and deepen your educational experience. Established in 1962, the MLA at Hopkins is the first program of its type in the country.

In addition to the Master of Liberal Arts, the program also includes a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in the Liberal Arts. The 10-course certificate is available to students who have completed the MLA degree or another comparable interdisciplinary master’s degree. Students can cluster courses to meet both professional and personal goals.

Highlights from the Annual MLA Colloquium

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.


*Please note: 2019-2020 tuition rates are tentative pending approval by the Board of TrusteesMore information.



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