Program Overview

The Master of Liberal Arts degree from Texas Christian University is a course of study that is available to students in a completely online format. An objective of this program is to provide students with a broad-based Liberal Arts experience. This experience should help to enrich the students’ understanding of the physical and social world. With this degree, a graduate of this program should be able to examine major national and global issues and how they specifically relate to various cultures and their diversity. The curriculum of this program is multidisciplinary and seeks to provide a wide range of educational opportunities to students of diverse educational backgrounds. This program of study is not necessarily career oriented. A goal of the Liberal Arts program is to equip its students with the knowledge, perspectives, critical thinking skills, and ability to analyze issues.

This program requires its students to take 30 credit hours of courses. At least 12 of those hours must be taken from the designated “Perspectives on Society” core of courses. This core of courses should relate to a Liberal Arts discipline that reflects one or all of the following: issues of contemporary American society, issues of culture or cultural diversity in America, or other world cultures and societies. This program does not require its students to complete a thesis. Students must earn a 2.75 grade point average in order to graduate from this program. Some transfer credit can be accepted toward this program. However, no more than six hours of transfer credit will be accepted.

It is important to note that Texas Christian University is an institution of learning that is affiliated with, though not governed by, the Disciples of Christ church. Therefore academic programs are rooted in a Christian foundation and are influenced by theology and Christian ideas.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    The Master of Liberal Arts program is open to any person who holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, regardless of major academic emphasis or date of completion.

    School Overview

    Texas Christian University was founded in 1873, in Thorp Spring, Texas, as the AddRan Male and Female College. By 1895, the school relocated to Waco, Texas, and moved once more, in 1910 to Fort Worth. During this period the school also adopted its current name, Texas Christian University. Today, Texas Christian University is a four-year private, not-for-profit, co-educational institution. Though TCU retains ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), many religious groups and recognized faith-based organizations are present on campus, including students of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.

    TCU supports undergraduate areas of study, master’s level programs, and doctoral fields of study in the following academic divisions:

    • AddRan College of Liberal Arts
    • Bob Schieffer College of Communication
    • College of Education
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Science & Engineering
    • John V. Roach Honors College
    • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    • Neeley School of Business
    • Fort Worth's M.D. School

    For added flexibility, online programs supported by TCU include master’s and doctoral programs in nursing and liberal arts.


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