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Information Sessions

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.

Next Session: May 26, 2016

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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  minimim 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

Admissions Criteria

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.

Key Dates 

  • May 26, 2016: MLA Information Session
  • August 2016: MLA Information Session
  • September 2016: Online application opens
  • End of January 2017: Application materials due for the 2017-2018 entering class


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.