The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Program
The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Program offers a course of study designed especially for highly-motivated adults who wish to broaden their personal and academic horizons through a structured program of part-time evening or Saturday study leading to the Master of Liberal Arts degree.
The Returning Scholar (RS) Program
The Returning Scholar (RS) Program is designed for adults who would like to take courses at the University but prefer not to receive grades and credit. Students choose form the extensive list of graduate and undergraduate courses offered by the University's degree-granting departments. Registration for some courses may require the approval of the department or instructor. A grade of "R" (registered-audit) is entered on the student's record for each course completed. Courses cannot be used to complete degree requirements at the University, nor can they be used as transfer credit toward a degree at another institution.
The Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) Program
The Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) Program is designed for adults who would like to return to school to work toward a master's or doctoral degree but who are uncertain of which field is best. The program also serves people who have no immediate degree plans but for whom a quality grade and credit study would be appropriate. Full academic credit is given and copies of transcripts may be requested when needed. Courses offered are the same as those from which Returning Scholars select. Up to three courses taken as a GSAL may be transferred, with the degree-granting department's approval, to a degree program at the University. Acceptance into the GSAL Program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a degree program at the University.
Students enrolled in institutions not having formal exchange or traveling scholar programs with the University of Chicago should apply as Graduate Students-at-Large if they wish to study at the University for a specific period of time and have the work transferred for credit to the home school.
For further information contact:
The University of Chicago
Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
This text was last revised on 1/11/2012.