Welcome to the Graduate Liberal Studies at Rice. Exploring liberal arts at a highly integrated level is not always possible in a career-focused undergraduate curriculum. At GLS, students are invited to go beyond the ordinary, stretch their imaginations and grow into a more well-rounded thinker.
Expand your knowledge base, pursue a new path or gain a deeper understanding of the world. By examining timeless, timely human questions within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, students satisfy their curiosity about the world through art, literature, science, politics, human nature and history.
The Graduate Liberal Studies program at Rice University is designed for those who crave intellectual challenges at a world-class university. Graduate Liberal Studies programs are 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.
Two unique paths are available: the well-established Master of Liberal Studies degree and the all-new Diploma in Liberal Studies degree. Both paths are designed for those who love to learn new ideas, explore new worlds, and enjoy meeting others who are part of the same expedition. All courses are taught by distinguished Rice faculty and invited visiting faculty who maintain the high academic standards of Rice University.
The Graduate Liberal Studies programs are founded on the principle that, in an increasingly complex and siloed world, a liberal arts education provides the interdisciplinary skills needed to thrive in our 21st century knowledge economy. Our two graduate liberal studies programs, the Master of Liberal Studies and the Diploma in Liberal Studies, will contribute to the mission of Rice University by providing a rigorous curriculum in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences for adults who, based on a love of learning, desire a graduate-level education in the liberal arts.
Rice University hosts the national office and is a proud member institution of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).
The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs is the professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences. The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among the administrators of programs granting degrees such as Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Liberal Studies, and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, among others, and to programs with related curricula and goals. The AGLSP promotes the core concepts and goals of Graduate Liberal Studies, fosters high standards in GLS programs, provides guidance for institutions considering initiating and improving such programs, and promotes public awareness of the programs.
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