Rice University's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies offers three for-credit graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Liberal Studies and the Diploma in Liberal Studies.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 36-hour, non-thesis graduate degree program. With programs designed for both new teachers and experienced teachers, we provide opportunities for students holding bachelor’s degrees who are interested in pursuing graduate study in education. Our dedicated faculty offers teachers an exceptional amount of personal contact, coaching, support and supervision through this rigorous academic program. Additionally, program support continues with an internship experience that hones strong analysis of student work, classroom management, and parent-teacher relationships, and an alumni network for collaboration and support.
MLS is tailored toward working adults, retirees and other non-traditional university students who wish to broaden their knowledge in fields they may not have studied in their earlier education. Since its inception in 2005, the Rice Master of Liberal Studies (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 both age and profession – adds a level of broad-mindedness not typically found in the traditional classroom. The MLS program seeks committed, energetic adult students with bachelor’s degrees from an accredited college or university, who have significant life experiences and who are able to communicate effectively.
A 30-hour, part-time, post-master's interdisciplinary degree, primarily focused on the humanities, the Diploma in Liberal Studies (DLS) complements and extends the educational goals of the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program. Designed primarily for those who have completed the MLS degree – or other similar graduate liberal studies – the DLS option allows these graduates to maximize and enhance their academic investment.
The DLS program also welcomes non-MLS students on a case-by-case basis that considers academic background and future goals. Well-prepared applicants who are accepted into the program can deepen their interdisciplinary knowledge while honing research and writing skills. This combination lays the foundation for potentially richer contributions to their community in the form of critical publications, community service, doctoral studies or career work.
Students earn their Bachelor’s degree while majoring in the subject(s) they plan to teach while also taking graduate-level professional education courses. The Rice University Bachelor’s degree is conferred upon completion of undergraduate studies and the MAT and Texas Teacher Certification is awarded one year later after completion of the teaching internship. Students must complete the requirements for their bachelor's degree (at least 120 hours) and the MAT degree (36 hours) independently of each other (i.e., no course can be used simultaneously to satisfy both an undergraduate and a graduate degree requirement.)
We invite you to join us at one of our upcoming information sessions. Ask your questions and hear from Master of Liberal Studies alumni, program administrators and our outstanding faculty members. Upcoming events include:
Deepen your interdisciplinary knowledge while honing your research and writing skills with our 30-hour, part-time, post-master’s degree.
With programs designed for both new teachers and experienced teachers, we provide opportunities for students holding bachelor’s degrees who are interested in pursuing graduate study in education. Join us at an upcoming information session to learn more.