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Barbara Perez

“Learning is unstoppable. Your age doesn’t matter.”

Earn your Master of Arts in Humanities on the weekends at top-rated private university Mount Saint Mary’s in Los Angeles.

MSMU's graduate Humanities program is designed for lifelong learners who wish to cultivate a deeper understanding of the connections between the individual, the community, and the world.

  • Weekend format
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Flexible and dynamic
  • Choice of concentration

MSMU's MA Humanities concentrations include:

Call 213.477.2800 for more information on the Mount Saint Mary’s University Master of Arts in Humanities degree program. Click here to learn more about graduate admission.


The Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, Master of Arts in Humanities Program is a dynamic and flexible interdisciplinary curriculum for lifelong learners interested in cultivating a deeper understanding of the connection between the Individual, the Community, and the World. This two-year, 30-unit program brings together students from all educational and professional backgrounds to talk, think, and write about the timeless ideas that have animated culture and society, as well as the contemporary issues we face in Los Angeles, the Pacific Rim, and our larger global environment.

Why Humanities?

The point of the humanities is to develop habits of rigorous reflective thinking and reasoning, the skill to express ideas in a compelling way, and the ability to solve problems with creativity and innovation. Basically, the humanities are the study of human nature, human values, and what it means to be human using critical and analytical methods of study. Since the time of Socrates, the humanities has offered an alternative to the empirical approach of science in that it allows for judgment and has a fundamental moral component. The humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides a broad range of knowledge and skills that can lead to a variety of employment opportunities.

Why Choose MSMU?

FLEXIBILITY. Our innovative Weekend Format redistributes the weekly coursework for a traditional fifteen-week semester into six non-consecutive weekends of class instruction--an ideal arrangement for busy adults with multiple commitments at home or at work. Instead of taking night classes after a long day at work, our students take classes every two to three weeks on the beautiful, historic Doheny campus. Flexible enrollment policies also allow for year-round matriculation and part-time, full-time, or accelerated study options.

CHOICE. Our program allows students to design a course of study that is best for them. Students can choose an interdisciplinary course of study leading to the MA Humanities degree or a select a concentration in one of the major fields of study, i.e. Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English, or History. Choice extends to include the culminating project, a “capstone” to students’ studies that can take the form of a master’s thesis, a creative project, or a creative writing piece. This ability to choose a personalized final project has enabled our outstanding Humanities graduates to seamlessly convert their academic efforts into a real-world context through such rewarding accomplishments as publications, museum exhibitions, portfolio building, etc.

QUALITY. Small class sizes, state of the art classrooms, accomplished faculty, and an outstanding reputation make the Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles MA in Humanities Program a clear choice for discerning individuals looking for a high quality educational experience. The MA in Humanities Program is an associate member of the prestigious Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. Year after year, the Mount continues to draw talented, successful individuals from the community to its classrooms. Students enrolled in the Humanities Program can rely on a rigorous and enriching educational experience.

TRAVEL. Every year, students have the opportunity to enroll in a Travel Study course that integrates a tailor-made course curriculum with travel to important cultural and historical landmarks around the world for an enriching and exciting learning experience.

OPPORTUNITY. Humanities classes are designed to cultivate students’ oral and written communication, critical and analytical thinking, and creative problem solving skills. Writing, research, and career counselors are also available to assist MA Humanities students in honing marketable skills that have helped our graduates advance or change their careers. Many of our students have found that they possess a greater facility in the workplace because they are comfortable with engaging in multiple disciplines. A graduate Humanities degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Request a brochure from Graduate Admissions or call them at 213.477.2800

Professional Affiliations

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)