Ellis College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Liberal Arts

The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program at Henderson State University provides graduate students with advanced liberal arts education which challenges the mind and invigorates the spirit. We offer advanced study to candidates from a variety of backgrounds in an accessible, flexible, interdisciplinary context. The program’s multiple tracks allow students to blend their particular interests, talents, and experiences to develop programs relevant to them, both personally and professionally. Our graduates possess the skills to pursue further graduate study—in Ph.D., Law, or MFA programs, for example—or otherwise advance in existing or new careers, including in community college-level teaching.

Henderson's MLA program offers a number of graduate assistantships, which provide tuition waivers and monthly stipends to candidates who teach and work on campus.


Major Tracks

  • Art History
  • English Literature
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Rhetoric and Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Teaching English in the Two-Year College
  • Society and Identity
  • Social Sciences (History and Political Science)


Master of Liberal Arts Program
Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street
HSU Box 7581
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001