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Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Liberal Arts graduate degree programs are listed below by program type. For a listing of all graduate programs at Tulane University, please see the Tulane University Catalog website.

Ph.D. Degrees

Anthropology
Nathalie Dajko, graduate director

City, Culture, & Community
Xiaojin Chen, graduate director

Economic Analysis & Policy
John Edwards, graduate director

French
Jonathan Morton, graduate director

History
R. Blakeslee Gilpin, graduate director

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. (SLA)
ONLY for students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the School of Liberal Arts for at least one semester.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Aging Studies

Latin American Studies
James Huck, graduate director

Latin American Studies & Art History
James Huck, graduate director

Linguistics
Thomas Klingler, graduate director

Philosophy
Kevin Morris, graduate director

Political Science in Political Development
Applicants admitted every other year on even years only.
Martin Dimitrov, graduate director

Spanish and Portuguese
Marilyn Miller, graduate director

MA Degrees

Anthropology (as part of PhD program only)
Nathalie Dajko, graduate director

Art History
Adrian Anagnost, graduate director

Classical Studies
Allison Emmerson, graduate advisor

English
Tom Albrecht, graduate director

History (as part of the PhD program only)
R. Blakeslee Gilpin, graduate director

Latin American Studies
James Huck, graduate director

Linguistics (Computational Linguistics only)
Thomas Klingler, graduate director

Music
Edward Maxwell Dulaney, graduate director

Philosophy
Kevin Morris, graduate director

Policy Economics
John Edwards, graduate director

Spanish and Portuguese (as part of the PhD program only)
Marilyn Miller, graduate director

MFA Degrees

Art Studio
Adam Crosson & AnnieLaurie Erickson, graduate directors

Dance (Interdisciplinary Dance Performance)
Barbara Hayley, graduate director

Music
MFA
- Musical Theatre
- Voice
- Piano
MA
- Composition
- Musicology
Edward Maxwell Dulaney, graduate director

Theatre
- Design/Technical Production
- Set Design
- Costume Design
- Lighting Design
Barbara Hayley, chair; Diana Cupsa, design program head

"4+1" MA Degrees

Many of the departments and programs in the School of Liberal Arts offer a “4+1” MA program, which allows Tulane University undergraduates to earn a master’s degree in a fifth year of graduate study at a substantially reduced tuition rate. Many students find the advanced degree a valuable asset that sets them apart from others in the job market. Students considering PhD programs find that a master’s degree provides excellent training for further graduate study and allows students the opportunity to explore their interest and build up their academic credentials before applying to a PhD program.

In 4+1 programs, some of the upper-level courses (6000 and above) that students take to satisfy the major requirements as undergraduates are also counted for credit toward the graduate degree. Only Tulane undergraduate students are eligible for this 4+1 MA degree. Students must apply online and be admitted to these programs. Admission is based on undergraduate performance and recommendations from undergraduate professors. Applications deadlines vary depending on department but generally applications should be submitted in the fall semester of Junior year in order to schedule appropriate classes. Many departments do allow students to apply in their Senior year. The following departments and programs offer a “4+1” option:

Anthropology
Nathalie Dajko, graduate director

Art History
Adrian Anagnost, graduate director

Classical Studies
Allison Emmerson, graduate advisor

English
Tom Albrecht, graduate director

French and Italian
Jonathan Morton, graduate director

History
R. Blakeslee Gilpin, graduate director

Linguistics
Thomas Klingler, program director

Philosophy
Kevin Morris, graduate director

Policy Economics
John Edwards, graduate director

Spanish and Portuguese
Marilyn Miller, graduate director

Apply to a School or Liberal Arts 4+1 MA program (Select the 4+1 option, NOT the department specific option from the drop down list).

Graduate Certificates

The School of Liberal Arts offers 2 interdisciplinary graduate certificate programs which can be taken in conjunction with and complement your graduate degree:

Gender and Sexuality Studies
Katherine Johnson, director

Mellon Graduate Program in Community Engaged Scholarship
Ryan McBride, graduate director