About > Master of Liberal Studies > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


The Master of Liberal Studies Program is designed for adults who wish to pursue a broad, interdisciplinary course of study, and lifelong learners interested in earning a graduate degree.   The program aims to help individuals develop the intellectual tools to engage in contemporary debates, to find connections among different areas of human thought, to conduct original research; and, most of all, to pursue a life of ideas.

The underlying premise of the Master of Liberal Studies is that interdisciplinary studies lead to intellectual independence and satisfaction not always found in discipline-based programs of study. As a result, we encourage our students to explore a broad range of subjects throughout the curriculum, rather than to focus narrowly on a single topic. For each student, the culmination of these interdisciplinary studies is the summative master’s project—an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty advisor and committee of MLS faculty, chosen by the student, to apply interdisciplinary research frameworks to a subject of intense personal interest.

Candidates for the MLS degree complete a minimum of 27 units of coursework, which includes an introductory core seminar, at least seven Master of Liberal Studies program electives, and a summative master’s project.

The USC MLS degree is ideally suited to the lifelong learner driven by curiosity and the desire for intellectual engagement.

  • Master of Liberal Studies
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Mark Taper Hall, THH 355
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0355