Winthrop University: Master of Liberal Arts
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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Master of Liberal Arts


The Master of Liberal Arts Program provides learners with the unique ability to pursue a highly customized interdisciplinary graduate degree program, developed according to their own interests, while building broad analytical and problem solving skills that reach across the boundaries of academic disciplines and beyond the structured format of traditional graduate degree programs.

The MLA degree is based on "The Search for Order," a theme that explores rational, intuitive, and empirical ways of knowing and learning. 


Graduate Program Director: 
Dr. Siobhan Brownson 


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Why Winthrop?


GA Position   Quality MLA Program  

Travel Support for graduate students

Students have the opportunity to work in their departments and around campus as graduate assistants.


Winthrop's Master of Liberal Arts program has been a full member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) since 1995.


Travel support is available for graduate student presentations or performances.


      Students have the opportunity to tailor the MLA program to their educational/ professional interests and gain a better sense of what it means to be a human being.

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 33

      Format: Campus-based

      Curriculum (MLA)

      This program motivates students of the political and civic engagement concentration to create the connection between the academic study of politics and its actual practice and effects.

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 33

      Format: Campus-based

      Curriculum (MLA - Political and Civic Engagement)

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    Potential applicants should first contact the program directorDr. Siobhan Brownson at 803-323-4572 or, to discuss their interest prior to the application process.


      Master of Liberal Arts (all concentrations): June 15 for Fall admission and October 15 for Spring admission

      Note: All admission materials must be received by the Graduate School office before an application will be reviewed

        Application requirements for the Master of Liberal Arts program include:

        • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee

        • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

        • A 5-6 page double-spaced essay describing why the applicant wishes to enter the program. In the online admissions application details about the writing sample are provided, as well as a place to upload your essay.

        • Two letters of recommendation


        A Message from program director:

        These materials are reviewed by the MLA admissions committee which makes its recommendation to the MLA program director. When an applicant is approved by the committee, the director arranges for a personal interview with the candidate. A final decision regarding admission is reached after the interview. A final decision regarding admission is reached after the interview is conducted and the completed application packet is reviewed. The GRE is not required at the present time for admission.

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    Beyond Graduation


      Allie Briggs

      Master of Liberal Arts, Class of 2016

      Winthrop University’s Master of Liberal Arts helped me to gain a deeper understanding of issues I care about in the social sciences by teaching them through an interdisciplinary approach through the “three eyes”--rationality, empiricism, and intuition. In addition to small class sizes and professors that genuinely care about student learning, this program prepared me to enter an interdisciplinary PhD program in the social sciences. The nature of the program helped me to hone my research skills and gain a better understanding of important concepts in the social sciences--two things that have helped me most in my PhD program today.


    Our M.L.A. program will help build your intellectual development through increasing your critical thinking, writing, reading and research skills. In addition, the program prepares you for a variety of advanced career goals.

    Our graduate are equipped for positions that include:

    • Governmental and non-governmental organizations

    • Community development projects

    • Lifelong learning

    • Further education such as Ph.D. and certificate programs

    Last Updated: 7/13/22