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Master of Liberal Arts Program
811 Anderson Hall
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-1644 (phone)
215-204-9611 (fax)

Michael Szekely
Director, MLA Program
215-204-6479 (phone)

Stephanie Morawski
215-204-8516 (phone)

Admission Requirements


Coursework/GPA Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.  A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to graduate study at Temple University.

Transfer of Credit:

Students are expected to complete all of the MLA course requirements at Temple. However, up to six hours of graduate credits may be transferred from another institution with the approval of the MLA Advisory Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. The credits must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grade must be a “B” or better.  The MLA Admissions Committee makes recommendations on transfer credits to the Director of the MLA Program.

The Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit form should be filled out and submitted to the MLA office sometime after matriculation to the program.

Coursework Taken as a Non-Degree Seeking Student:

Up to nine hours of graduate study taken at Temple prior to admission may be credited toward the degree with the approval of the MLA Advisory Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. In order for graduate courses taken at Temple as a non-degree seeking student to count toward the degree, the earned grades must be “B” or better.

Application Materials:

1) Completed Application

The graduate school application must be completed online HERE.

2) Academic CV or Professional Resume

The CV/resume can either be e-mailed, sent, or hand-delivered to Stephanie Morawski, MLA Coordinator, 811 Anderson Hall.

3) 3 Academic or Professional Letters of Reference

Letters of reference addressing, at the very least, the applicant's intellectual ability and capacity to engage in graduate level research can either be e-mailed, sent, or hand-delivered to Stephanie Morawski, MLA Coordinator, directly from the recommender.

4) Statement of Goals

The Statement of Goals can either be pasted into the online graduate school application or e-mailed, sent, or hand-delivered to Stephanie Morawski, MLA Coordinator. If sent separately from the online application, please indicate accordingly.

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500 to 1,000 words and should address the following elements:  your interest in the MLA Program and interdisciplinary graduate study in the liberal arts; your academic and research achievements; your current and future research interests and goals; and your future career goals.

5) Undergraduate Transcript(s).

Official academic transcripts from every college and university attended, including Temple University, should either be sent directly from the college/university to the MLA program or hand-delivered, unopened, to Stephanie Morawski, MLA Coordinator.

Standardized Test Scores:

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) is encouraged but not required.  Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 79 on the internet-based, 550 on the paper-based, or 213 on the computer-based examination must pass an English skills course or successfully pass the SPEAK test during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University.

Application Deadlines:

For Fall: March 1

For Spring: November 1


For advice concerning your specific qualifications and plans, please contact Dr. Michael Szekely, MLA Assistant Director/Advisor.

For specific questions concerning application procedures, please contact Stephanie Morawski, MLA Coordinator.




"The M.L.A. program is exciting because it allows you to choose an area of interest and challenges you to pursue your interest within an interdisciplinary framework of courses. I chose to focus on photography, and I studied, researched, and wrote about its history and influence on society.  I also examined photography as a pure art form and mass media tool.  I’m not aware of any Masters program that would have allowed me the freedom to pursue this interest."

Barbara Dolhansky, former MLA student (University Administrator, Computer Services)