Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil)

Wesleyan’s Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil) degree allows you to engage in study across the curriculum, concluding your studies with a thesis drawing together your major ideas and interests. This advanced interdisciplinary program is designed with working adults in mind, although you may elect to pursue full-time study. Courses are primarily offered in the evenings during the spring, summer, and fall terms. Students have up to six years to complete the requirements for the degree.

Students must hold a postbaccalaureate degree (MA, MALS, MD, JD, etc.) to be eligible to pursue this plan of study.

MPhil students complete a program of study with a concentration of courses in one area, complemented by a smaller number of courses outside the area of concentration. A thesis is required to earn the MPhil. Students may elect to simultaneously earn the Graduate Certificate in Writing.

Distribution Requirements for the MPhil:
  • 5 courses (15 credits) within the area of concentration
  • 2 courses (6 credits) outside the area of concentration
  • 2 elective courses (6 credits) inside or outside the area of concentration (elective)
  • 1 thesis (3 credits)
Areas of Concentration
Click on each concentration to see a sample plan of study.

During your course of study, you will be advised on your academic plan and progress by the Associate Director of Continuing Studies. To work individually with a faculty member for specialized academic guidance, you may pursue tutorials. The MPhil thesis will be advised by a faculty member, with additional support from two readers. The GLS Writing Tutor is available to work with degree candidates to formulate thesis proposals, as well as to offer academic writing-related support.