Master of Liberal Arts (MLA)

Master of Liberal Arts (MLA)

Masters Of Liberal Arts at Converse College

The Master of Liberal Arts Program provides an opportunity for mature learners to pursue studies in the liberal arts who wish to sharpen writing, speaking and overall thinking skills, all competencies that enhance personal and professional growth. The program also extends the professional qualifications of those students who need a disciplinary concentration sufficient to qualify them as junior college teachers in the given fields of concentration and also for those high school teachers who want more content courses in their particular discipline.

The MLA is an on-campus program that requires a total of 36 graduate hours with 18-27 hours with an area of concentration in:

  • English
  • History
  • Political Science

In addition to a liberal arts concentration, a student must also take 9-18 hours of electives which may include courses from the above areas of concentration and/or subject areas in art history, music history, psychology or religion.

Learn more about the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA).

For consideration of admission, the applicant should have the following credentials:

  • Graduation from an accredited college
  • For full, non-provisional admission, an overall cumulative 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale of college work
  • A completed online application, including the $40 application fee.
  • Two letters of recommendation with at least one from an academic source.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • A personal statement*

*Write a personal statement, approximately 250-300 words in length, describing either an experience that prompted you to seek entrance into the degree program to which you are applying OR your reasons for wanting to enter the degree program. Your essay should include your personal reflection on the value of a liberal education, and more specifically the MLA program at Converse. In keeping with the Honor Tradition at Converse, your essay must be entirely your own work, taking special care to properly cite any ideas or words from another source, organizing your essay clearly and proofreading your work. The personal statement can be submitted as a part of the application or emailed separately.

Deadline for Application Materials

  • Deadline for Summer I: May 1
  • Deadline for Fall: July 15
  • Deadline for Spring: December 15
Fee Cost
2020-2021 Tuition $416/credit hour
Term Access Fee $80 each Fall/Spring term; $50 each Jan/Summer term
Late Registration Fee $50/term
Graduation Fee $150

*Tuition and fees subject to change
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Jennifer Washburn

Jennifer Washburn ’07

Adjunct Instructor Spartanburg Community College

MLA in History and Political Science

2010: Awarded Faculty Adjunct of the Year for her work to begin a Model Arab League program at SCC

“Every course I had during my graduate career at Converse was wonderful. The professors were terrific and supportive. The learning atmosphere at Converse and the supportive faculty have greatly influenced the way I teach today. I try to help my students understand that the learning process is theirs and they can make anything happen!”


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