Sample Timeline

Following the four core courses, students schedule their own course of study, depending on their own calendar and obligations.

  • Students are not required to take a seminar every quarter, however, taking quarter(s) off will make it difficult to complete the program in four years. 
  • With prior approval, students may take a Leave or Absence for up to one year. This leave does not count toward the five-year maximum allowed to degree.
  • Students may take a maximum of two seminars per quarter, and a total of three seminars in two consecutive quarters.
  • Due to the structure of the curriculum and policies on maximum number of units per quarter, the MLA degree cannot be completed in fewer than four years.
  Sample Timeline I:
Degree in Four Years
Sample Timeline I:
Degree in Five Years
Quarter Coursework  
Autumn 15-16 Foundations I Foundations I
Winter 15-16 Foundations II