The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, decoration by William Morris, Kelmscott Press, 1896
Information Sessions offer an opportunity to visit campus and learn more about the program. Program faculty and students will discuss the program and the application process, and answer questions.
Sessions are generally held in May, August, and October. Click below to receive a notice when the next session is announced.
Our students span a diverse cultural mix of women and men with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. We are seeking an energetic group of students who look forward to a rigorous program of broad exposure and intellectual growth.
Applicants must have
a bachelor's degree (or international equivalent*) from an accredited college or university
*applicants with an international bachelor's degree can
check that they meet the minimum level of study required
- a minimum 3.0 GPA from the student's undergraduate institution (the admissions committee also gives consideration to postgraduate experiences and recent accomplishments)
- significant background, coursework, and/or accomplishment in the liberal arts
- International applicants: please note that as a part-time program, the MLA program is not able to issue student visas
Admission to the MLA program is highly selective. In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, applicants must demonstrate graduate-level writing facility and critical thinking skills. The admissions committee is looking for a candidate's intellectual proclivity towards a deep and focused understanding of ideas, events, and phenomena. The committee bases its decision on the candidate's total application; no single factor from the application is decisive. The committee takes into account an applicant's background, GPA, and professional experience, and pays particular attention to the applicant's writing and letters of recommendation.
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Family and the MLA Program
You can do it all. MLA students discuss the benefits and challenges of balancing family time and their MLA studies.
- August 18, 2016: MLA Information Session
- September 2016: Online application opens
- October 13, 2016: MLA Information Session*
- January 24, 2017: Application materials due for the 2017-2018 entering class
*Please note that our advertised session on October 6 has been moved to October 13.
Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; (510) 748-9001. The Master of Liberal Arts program is a Stanford University graduate program, fully accredited by and responsible to Stanford’s Academic Senate; it functions under the auspices of Stanford Continuing Studies.