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Looking for the next step in your liberal studies education?

Rice University is proud to offer its unique Diploma in Liberal Studies (DLS) program!


Flexible and exceptionally broad in scope, this 30-hour, post-master’s degree takes a deep-dive into critical thinking, research, and advanced study of humanities and social sciences. Classes are designed for part-time study and offer an exceptionally vibrant, welcoming social network of like-minded learners.

Designed primarily for those who have completed the Master of Liberal Studies degree, DLS allows these graduates to maximize and enhance their academic investment. Applicants who are accepted into the program can deepen their interdisciplinary knowledge while honing research and writing skills, laying the foundation to improve critical publications, community service, doctoral studies, or career work.

Academic Objectives

The DLS program allows students to build on the multidisciplinary foundation of their graduate liberal studies degrees (or similar educational background) while also deepening their knowledge in three ways:

  1. Add to their broad, multidisciplinary perspective by building depth in two chosen “focus disciplines,” taking three courses in each discipline in the DLS program.

  2. Learn more about how to synthesize materials in these two disciplines, by means of an emphasis on genuinely interdisciplinary research.

  3. Combine these two accomplishments, greater knowledge in two focus disciplines and greater ability to interdisciplinary research to complete a Diploma project or Diploma thesis in the final two terms of their DLS work. 

This interdisciplinary research, involving knowledge drawn from their two focus disciplines, and allowing students to arrive at new knowledge by synthesizing material from the two disciplines, will allow students to use their new knowledge and skills to produce a work of which they can be proud.

You may have questions – we would expect no less from Confluence readers! Join us on Jan. 23 for an information session and find out whether this versatile degree is right for you.