Diploma in Liberal Studies
Frequently Asked
Questions

Thank you for your interest in Rice University's Diploma in Liberal Studies program. Below, you will find a list of our frequently asked questions.

  • Must I take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) before I apply to the Rice MLS or DLS program?

    No, the MLS program does not require its applicants to have taken the GRE or any other standardized test. You must complete the application form in its entirety.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
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    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Can I transfer credit I’ve earned from other graduate-level liberal arts programs to the MLS or DLS program?

    No. As stated above, all courses must be taken within the Rice MLS or DLS program, respectively.

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    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Where are MLS & DLS classes held, and how often do they meet?

    Classes are held in a dual delivery format. Students may choose to attend class on the Rice campus or join class virtually via Zoom. Classes meet once a week for three hours.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Are any MLS or DLS courses held in the daytime?

    No. Classes meet during weekday evenings.

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    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • How large are MLS & DLS classes?

    The MLS & DLS programs stress small classes and most classes will have 12 students, although some classes may be slightly smaller or larger.

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    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Can I skip a semester in the MLS or DLS program?

    Yes, but you must take at least two courses per academic year and submit a leave of absence form prior to the start of the semester you will miss.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Do Rice staff get a tuition discount for the MLS or DLS program?

    Benefits-eligible Rice staff who demonstrate a financial need can receive a 50% tuition discount.  The MLS and DLS programs are not eligible for the Rice tuition waiver, but eligible students may be eligible for Rice tuition reimbursement.

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    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • When I graduate from the MLS or DLS program, will I get to participate in a Rice graduation ceremony?

    Yes. MLS and DLS program graduates will be able to attend graduation ceremonies with all other Rice graduates.

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    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • Do you offer online classes for the MLS or DLS programs?

    We currently do not offer online courses; however, students might be able to attend class remotely via Zoom.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies
  • I am an international student. Will the MLS or DLS program sponsor an F-1 student visa for me?

    For part-time students, the answer is no. The F-1 student visa requires a full-time course of study. International applicants requiring a student visa must enroll full-time. International applicants who are legally in the United States (such as permanent residents) may enroll in the program since a student visa will not be required.

    Audiences: Degree Seeker
    Categories:
    Diploma in Liberal Studies, General Information, Master of Liberal Studies

Offered for the first time in 2017, the Diploma in Liberal Studies (DLS) complements and extends the educational goals of the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program.

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Email: mls@rice.edu

 

Assistant Director
Kim Raptis
713-348-6118
kim.raptis@rice.edu

 

Director
Rebecca Sharp
713-348-4767
rksharp@rice.edu

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Rice University
Anderson-Clarke Center
Third Floor
Houston, TX 77005

MAILING ADDRESS

Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Rice University
Mail Stop 550
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

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