Master of Liberal Studies

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  • Design Your Own Master of Liberal Studies

Design Your Own Master's of Liberal Studies - Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2015!

Pursue Your Personal and Professional Passions.  The Choices Are as Limitless as Your Imagination!

Do you already have a graduate degree? Apply for our Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study for more focus in your chosen curricular field of study. 

Click here to apply now for our Master of Liberal Studies program or contact us for a complimentary consultation by calling us at 214.768.4273 or emailing us at

Join us for the next MLS Information Session on Tuesday, September 15 in room 331, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  To RSVP or get more information email us at

Pursue Your Passion...Design Your Own MLS Degree

The pursuit of a Master Liberal Studies degree from Southern Methodist University is an adventure in intellectual freedom, unique to graduate level programs of advanced education in America.

Each journey is guided by personal passion and scholarly curiosity. Every individual passage is accompanied by fellow seekers of knowledge who collectively enrich the experience.

Along the way you may expect to be challenged, surprised, inspired, enlightened, energized and perhaps even transformed. Students interface with educators from virtually every university discipline. Instructors bring unmatched credentials and dedication to the teaching of a range of subjects that spans the ages and expands to explore the universe.

The following pages are designed to give you a taste of what the world of graduate liberal studies at SMU has to offer. From here, the choices are yours. You will find those choices as limitless as your imagination. And rich in opportunities to learn, discover, advance and grow.

Enrich your knowledge and understanding by concentrating in one of our exciting curricular fields of study.


  • American Studies 
  • Communication, Media and Technology 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Environmental Sustainability 
  • Gender Studies 
  • Global Studies - Global Trends, Power, Non-Western Literature, and Geography 
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 
  • Humanities 
  • Organizational Dynamics 
  • The Arts and Cultural Traditions  - Literature, Art, Poetry, Performing Arts, and Society 
  • Self-Designed