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Liberal Arts

Houston Baptist University

12 months
1575 USD/credit 56700 USD/year
1575 USD/credit 56700 USD/year
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The Liberal Arts program at the Houston Baptist University aims to provide a broad and balanced spectrum of graduate courses that are interdisciplinary in nature and focused on the moral, aesthetic and intellectual values of the liberal arts.


The Liberal Arts program at the Houston Baptist University is dedicated to training students in the classical model of education, preparing them to serve in a variety of professions and vocations. The degree is designed for students desiring a broad and deep course of study in the liberal arts with an emphasis on the Great Books of the Western Tradition.

While the MLA at HBU is flexible enough to satisfy the particular interests of each student, we do not subscribe to the common “grab bag” approach to liberal arts. Instead, we provide a core of six courses in the Western Tradition that is both chronologically progressive and cohesive to enable students to grasp the flow and development of ideas that have shaped the modern world. 

Other elective courses are focused on essential figures (i.e. St. Augustine), periods (i.e. Tudor England), and topics (i.e. democracy, logic, church/state relations). Also, the MLA encourages students to craft their degree around one of three optional areas of emphasis (Classical Learning, Research and General Liberal Arts).

Program Distinctives

  • Courses combine Classical Liberal Arts and the Christian worldview
  • Small classes that are seminar-based, rooted in the Great Books and Socratic dialogue
  • Faculty are distinguished Christian scholars from a variety of disciplines
  • Part-time or Full-time enrollment (rolling admissions)
  • 6-hour thesis option available

Programme Structure

Course outline:

  • The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) offers students an interdisciplinary panorama of knowledge in art, literature, history, culture and science. The MLA is designed for those who have completed their undergraduate education but who wish to continue intellectual enrichment in a formal academic environment. 
  • A thesis option is available. Students in the MLA program represent a variety of educational backgrounds and ages. The degree is of particular interest to those in areas such as education, business, law, medicine and engineering who desire a high-level inquiry into the liberal arts. Classes meet once each week in the evening. A selection of courses from the various liberal arts is offered each semester.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International students deadline for spring semester - October 1st.


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Show proof of sufficient English skills 
  • TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and/or ACT scores, OR 
  • Completion of two (2) classes of collegiate English taken in the United States 
  • Certificate of completion from Language Consultants International (ESL program) 
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited institution of higher education whose instruction is conducted in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    56700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1575 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    56700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1575 USD per credit during 12 months.

Tuition is $1575 per three-unit course

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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