Master of Liberal Arts FAQ

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Who would benefit from the MLA program?

The Master of Liberal Arts program is for people who want to become better thinkers, writers and communicators and want to ask better questions. Some students enter the program to improve their job prospects. Others enter the program to study a topic or field they’ve always wanted to know more about, to explore new ideas or to challenge themselves intellectually.

Why should I enter the MLA program if my goal is personal rather than professional growth?

This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of humanities, science and the arts within an academic setting. Even if you read widely and explore new ideas on your own, the more formalized structure of the program and your instructors will push you to think critically, write clearly and to explore cultures and perspectives you might not find on your own and to see the connections between the various disciplines.

As a business professional or someone who hopes to work in the business world, how would an MLA degree benefit me?

Businesses need creative people with strong writing and critical thinking skills. The MLA program develops strength in communication, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, all skills valued in the workplace. So an MLA degree can help you move up the ladder in your current position or open doors to a new profession.

What professional fields benefit from the MLA coursework?

The knowledge and skills gained in the MLA program apply to a variety of professions. MLA graduates work in business, education, medicine, criminal justice, writing and publications, insurance, and sales.

Do I have to write a thesis?

No. Instead, you will create and submit a portfolio that demonstrates your growth throughout the program.

How many classes can I take each term?

You may enroll in up to six credit hours per academic term.

How long will it take me to earn my MLA?

You set your own pace for program completion. Most students finish in 18 to 24 months.

Is Baker University accredited?

Yes, Baker has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913 (312.263.0456, Baker has also met the rigorous accrediting standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Do you require a specific undergraduate grade point average?


Is the HUM 5500 Interdisciplinary Essences of Liberal Arts course required?

Yes. Students learn about program and portfolio requirements in this course, and it must be one of the first three courses you complete at Baker.

What are the admission requirements?

You must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Is there a required GPA in the MLA program?

Yes. All students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Do you accept transfer credit from other universities?

Yes. Students can transfer up to six graduate credits hours. All transfer hours must be completed before starting the MLA program.

Can I receive credit for work experience or life experience?


Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to degree-seeking students.

My undergraduate degree was not in liberal arts; can I still be accepted into the MLA program?

Yes. Prior study of the liberal arts is not necessary. The MLA program introduces students to various courses and schools of thought.

When do classes start?

The MLA calendar is on a spring/summer/fall system. We have two 7-week terms in the spring and fall sessions (Spring I & II, Fall I &II) and two 6-week terms in summer (Summer I & II). We also offer Interterm courses between the Fall II and Spring I terms.