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Master of Liberal Arts, MLA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Our MLA program aims to provide a liberal arts education which challenges the mind and invigorates the spirit. This program is also an associate member of the AGLSP, Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.


Henderson State University's Masters of Liberal Arts (MLA) program is designed to cultivate an appreciation of cultural ideas and ideals, such as truth, order, and beauty. The program focuses on the development of critical thinking, written and oral communication, and scholarly research. 

The mission of the Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences is to promote the highest quality of learning, scholarship, and artistic expression in order to develop in each student critical and creative skills including problem solving, analytical thinking, and effective communication that will lead to successful careers, fulfilling lives, and lifelong learning. To that end, we provide advanced study in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences and a broad-based liberal arts core curriculum for all Henderson students.

The concept of the liberal arts-based curriculum is rooted in antiquity. Ancient Greek philosophers viewed the liberal arts as the disciplines that advance intellectual and moral qualities, rather than those that deal only with technical skills. It was understood that free citizens needed to think critically and be articulate in expression to live wisely and successfully. Therefore, ancient and medieval curricula were focused in seven liberal arts: grammar, logic, rhetoric, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and music. The liberal arts curriculum today contains these same subjects, and it also includes the natural sciences. One cannot be fully prepared for citizenship in the world today without a fundamental understanding of these eight basic ways of knowing about ourselves and the world around us.

Programme Structure

Our MLA faculty offer courses in English, history, geography, political science, art, communications, philosophy, music, and theater. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  •   Provide evidence of a TOEFL score of 600 paper based or 100 Internet based. We will also accept a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS. Henderson State University code number is 6272.
  • The financial statement should show that the student has at least $15,769 (USD) to cover tuition, fees, room and board, mandatory health insurance, and books and other course related expenses.
  • Provide a certified transcript(s) in English from an accredited translation agency, indicating satisfactory preparation to enter the graduate college.
  • Provide all vaccination records. 
  •  Provide a copy of the indentification page in your passport.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    336 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 336 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    269 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 269 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Arkadelphia

  • 857 - 1250 USD/month
    Living Costs

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