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St John's College

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

St John's College, Annapolis, Maryland


Read - Talk - Think


The Graduate Institute at St. John's College
60 College Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland, 21401, United States



Students earning the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALA) formulate and respond to fundamental questions about themselves and their world by reading and discussing the great books of the Western tradition. Whether you are right out of college, concluding a successful career, or somewhere in between, this program welcomes sustained engagement, reflection, and interaction with a community of enthusiastic peers. Complete your degree or certificate on campus or online through our low residency program.

Academic Fields
    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
    Philosophy and Religious Studies, General.
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.
    Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
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    Certificate or Non-degree, LAEC, Liberal Arts Education Certificate
    Master's, MALA, Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

    Full Time, Part Time, Online or Distance, On-Campus, Evening or Weekend


    Great Books, Discussion-based classes, Liberal Arts, Primary texts, Philosophy, Theology, Classics, Literature, Political Science, History, Metaphysics, Evening Classes, Teachers, Summer, Greek, Educators, Discussion, Seminar, Small Classes, Online


    The Graduate Institute attracts students of varied ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Some students enroll shortly after graduating from college, often seeking a foundation in classic texts that they missed in more conventional undergraduate programs. Other students are actively engaged in careers; some already hold graduate degrees. Still other students turn to the Graduate Institute in retirement or in a hiatus from their careers, seizing the opportunity to use their leisure for serious reflection. Although the Graduate Institute offers considerable professional gain to students, particularly present or prospective teachers, students are also generally motivated by the intrinsic rewards of reading great books and discussing them with others who care deeply about the issues they raise.
    Academic Backgrounds
      Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
      English Language and Literature, General.
      Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
      General Literature.
      History, General.
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    Ryan Johnson

    Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

    Kashya Boretsky