Application Components
  • Submit completed online application with $35.00 application fee.
  • Respond to the essay question on the application form.
  • Attach resume to the application (optional). It is recommended that each applicant submit his or her resume.
  • Arrange to have official transcripts of all college level work, showing proof of degree/credentials attained, sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below.
  • Submit two current letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. Please note: letters are confidential and must be printed on official letterhead or stationery and mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the recommender. (Not required for non-degree seeking applicants)
  • Interview with MLA program director.
Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the application components listed, international students for whom English is a second language should submit a printed Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) computer-based version of the exam with a score of 250 or above, or iBT score of 100, or successfully complete the ELS, Level 112 exam. Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree at a college or university outside the United States are required to submit an independent evaluation of their degree. The evaluation must include degree equivalency, course-by-course analysis, and cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Evaluations are accepted from agencies who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation. International students are individually responsible for satisfying visa requirements.

Mail Application Documents To:
Office of Graduate Admissions, Box #6
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Please note: Failure to have all official transcripts, letters of recommendation and any other application components sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions will result in a significant delay in application processing.

Application Process

Once all application materials are received you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the program director. If you are not contacted within two weeks of your application submission, please contact the Master in Liberal Arts Program at Acceptance into the Master in Liberal Arts Program at the University of St. Thomas will be determined based on all application components and is at the discretion of the admissions committee. The applicant will be notified via email and postal mail of the decision once a decision is made. 

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall entry- July 15
Spring entry- December 1
Summer entry- May 1

Areas of Concentration

Please refer to this list of concentrations/areas of study when asked to identify your primary area(s) of academic interest:

  • Applied Music – Instrumental
  • Applied Music – Vocal
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • General Psychology
  • History
  • Human Services Management
  • International Studies
  • Irish Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Russian Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theology