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Tuition and Fees

The USC Master of Liberal Studies Program administers a need-blind admission policy—students are admitted without regard to their ability to pay.

USC graduate tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $1,536 per unit.  MLS courses are three units each.  Consult the University Schedule of Classes for the tuition and fees applicable to graduate units for the semester of enrollment. 

Successful individuals in today’s ever-changing world think critically and act strategically.  In every field or discipline, those who can research and assess information analytically, write cogently, and present their thoughts effectively have a competitive advantage.

In the USC Master of Liberal Studies Program, hone your edge as you develop your capacity to express your intellectual passions and goals.  With the MLS multidisciplinary approach taught by world-class USC faculty, tap into your potential and love of learning to foster new interests and life objectives. 

Small, evening courses make it possible to complete this degree on either a part-time or full-time basis.  Finish the degree in as few as five fall and spring semesters. 

Benefit from individual writing coaching, personal attention, and USC’s legendary alumni network.

The USC Master of Liberal Studies program does not require a GRE.  Sample up to three courses before applying.  See and hear what some of our alumni say.

Whether for professional advancement or for personal enrichment, whether you’re interested in lifelong learning or interdisciplinary studies, the MLS degree can join us, where options meet opportunities.


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