M.A. On Campus Online

Liberal Arts

Johns Hopkins University

18 months
3103 USD/module
3103 USD/module
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Deepen your understanding of the world around you, expand your knowledge, and boost your capacity for creativity. Johns Hopkins University’s nationally recognized Master of Liberal Arts degree lets you explore humanistic questions from interdisciplinary perspectives.


The Johns Hopkins University Master of Liberal Arts program thrives on your curiosity, passion, and diverse world experience. The first program of its kind in the country, this educational experience allows you to pursue a graduate degree tailored to your interests, whether you’re looking for an advanced credential for career mobility or simply want to enrich your personal and professional life.

Build a Program Around Your Interests

You’ll have access to a diverse and creative selection of interdisciplinary courses each semester, with topic-driven offerings that draw from disciplines like history, film, art, music, literature, sociology, politics, world cultures, bioethics, psychology, ecology, and archaeology. Here is a sampling of the unique, fascinating courses you will see:

  • 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 “News” from the Flood to the Apocalypse
  • Medieval England: From Beowulf to the Battle of Bosworth
  • Deep Ecology: Environmental Ethic
  • Philosophy of Beauty
  • Existentialism: Philosophy and Social Critique
  • Critical Theory
  • Race and Jazz
  • “When the Lamps Went Out”: WWI as history, memory, and commemoration
  • Social History of Medicine
  • What is History?
  • Ways of Knowing: Historical and Epistemological Foundations of the Liberal Arts

Join a Top-Ranked Program

Founded in 1962, Johns Hopkins University’s online Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program was ranked #3 in the nation by Online Masters and has received the distinction of being the “Most Established.”

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • MLA Core: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Methods
  • MLA Core: Critical Theory
  • MLA Core: What is History?
  • MLA Core: Why Read the Classics?
  • MLA Core: Ways of Knowing: Historical and Epistemological Foundations of the Liberal Arts 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

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General requirements

  • A 2-3 page statement of purpose that allows assessment of the applicant’s academic, professional and personal goals.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
    • Official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college or university. The program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of undergraduate studies. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      3103 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 3103 USD per module during 18 months.
    • National

      3103 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 3103 USD per module during 18 months.
    • $3,103 per course

    Living costs for Baltimore

    1240 - 2100 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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