College of Liberal ArtsStudentsProspective Graduate Students


Temple University is one of the largest and most diverse research institutions in the United States. In terms of research productivity, it is one of the top 50 public research universities in the country and is designated as an “RU/H: Research University/High Research Activity School” by the Carnegie Foundation. Research is central to both doctoral and master’s programs and provides faculty and students with opportunities to contribute to the development of new knowledge.


Information about application deadlines, the application fee, materials to send, and how to access the on-line application can be found on the Graduate School’s website .

Review of completed applications for the upcoming Fall semester begins in early January, with decisions typically made by the middle of March. Although departments may send out informal decision letters, the official decision letter comes only from the Graduate School and can typically take a few additional weeks.

Departments and Programs

As the oldest and second largest college at Temple University, the College of Liberal Arts is home to 15 graduate degree programs. The College offers 11 PhD and 13 MA degrees in the following fields: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, English, Creative Writing, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish. In addition, CLA offers a Master of Liberal Arts degree, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts’ departments and program.

Funding Your Education

The founder of Temple University, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, believed that education should be available to anyone on the basis of their intellectual and personal motivation, regardless of their income. In this spirit, we are eager to assist all Temple students to afford a college education. Visit the links below to learn about tuition rates, financial aid, and other funding opportunities.

The College of Liberal Arts Deans’ Office allocates assistantship funding to departments within the college that offer doctoral degrees. In turn departments allocate the money to incoming and continuing doctoral students based on academic merit. A full-time assistantship requires 20 hours of work per week with the benefits of tuition remission, a stipend, and health insurance coverage.

Typically, the strongest candidates are nominated by the respective department for Graduate School Fellowships. Fellowships typically provide support, including a stipend and tuition, for four years. (Shorter terms apply for those enrolled in a non-doctoral terminal degree program.) Often, the fellowship recipient is supported for the first two years with no service required or permitted. For the remaining period, fellowship recipients are required to perform up to 20 hours per week of service as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

Research Centers and Institutes

The centers and institutes housed within the College of Liberal Arts offer exceptional opportunities for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary research, scholarship and service in a variety of subject areas. These centers foster new knowledge that will transform the quality of life in Philadelphia and beyond.

Non-Degree Students

Students who take courses but are not officially working toward a degree at Temple University are non-degree students. Matriculated students are those who apply to a program, take courses, and work toward a degree. Non-degree graduate students may take a maximum of 9 graduate credits before being admitted into a degree program.

Every department within the College of Liberal Arts has their own policy regarding non-degree students taking classes before they are officially matriculated. Some departments do not allow students to take their courses, while most others encourage this for qualified students. Contact the Graduate Director of the appropriate department to learn whether this practice is allowed.

Student Life

With 5,000 graduate students on 4 regional campuses, there’s so much to explore inside and outside of the classrooms at Temple University. Sitting just about 1.5 miles north of Center City Philadelphia, Temple University’s Main Campus is an integral part of the arts, music, intellectual and cultural scene of the country’s 6th largest city. All of our campuses  — including 2 international campuses in Rome, Italy and Tokyo, Japan — are abuzz with activities, unique experiences and vibrant residential life.