Master of Liberal Arts

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Earn the Thought-Provoking Master of Liberal Arts Degree

Engage in a flexible learning experience that broadens and deepens your knowledge with the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs division. On a convenient schedule, study rigorous interdisciplinary coursework that draws from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The program thrives on the curiosity, passion, and diversity of its students. Moreover, it is designed to serve independent thinkers from a variety of academic, professional, and personal backgrounds. This MLA degree offers:

  • Flexible online courses in a part-time format that blends around your personal and professional commitments.
  • A rigorous interdisciplinary liberal arts education with a flexible curriculum to serve independent thinkers.
  • An expansive educational experience for passionate, curious professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

Celebrating 60 years of interdisciplinary discourse and inquiry

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You can customize this 10-course program to further your personal and professional interests. In addition to one core course and a capstone experience, you will select from a variety of interdisciplinary electives, including:

  • The Six Degrees of Miles Davis
  • The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Black Queer History
  • Gender and Media
  • Fakes, Lies, and Forgeries: A History of “Fake News” from the Flood to the Apocalypse
  • Medieval England: From Beowulf to the Battle of Bosworth
  • Deep Ecology: Environmental Ethic
  • Philosophy of Beauty
  • Art Since 1960
  • Race and Jazz
  • “When the Lamps Went Out”: WWI as History, Memory, and Commemoration
  • Social History of Medicine
  • Through a Glass, Darkly: American Film Noir
  • Italian Renaissance Art and Thought

To further customize your academic experience, you can choose the format of your capstone project. Options include a graduate project such as a thesis or creative work, an internship, or a portfolio.