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Liberal Studies

Rice University

24 months
1042 USD/credit 31260 USD/year
1042 USD/credit 31260 USD/year
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Expand your horizons and gain a deeper understanding of the world with the Master of Liberal Studies program from Rice University. This program combines a world-class Rice education with the flexibility of a degree plan tailored to meet your needs.


Since its inception in 2005, the Rice MLS program has attracted a wide spectrum of students.

Medical doctors, attorneys, homemakers, recent college graduates, retirees, teachers, a range of business professionals and others have been accepted into the program. Such diversity – in age and profession – adds a level of broad-mindedness not typically found in the traditional classroom.


With Rice University's Liberal Studies program you will:

  • Sharpen your critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Learn from world-class Rice University faculty
  • Enhance your understanding of interdisciplinary analysis and communication skills
  • Develop the research methods needed to foster analytical and strategic mindsets
  • Gain the opportunity to attain career advancement or prepare for further graduate study
  • Engage with peers who are equally committed and energetic about exploring and learning
  • Build your professional and personal network by joining our dedicated Alumni Community
  • Add Rice to your resume

Programme Structure

  • A program tailored to fit your personal and professional goals. After completing three core courses in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, students can customize the remainder of their degree plan to pursue their areas of interest. 
  • Each degree plan culminates in a capstone course that helps students integrate their custom path through research or creative work.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online 
  • $85 non-refundable application fee
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement (See instructions below.)
  • Writing sample (See instructions below.)
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, sent directly to the Graduate Liberal Studies office
  • Two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by a completed Letter of Recommendation form
  • Application interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1042 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    31260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1042 USD per credit during 24 months.

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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