General Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Studies program offers you a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants to the master’s program can adopt one of two approaches—either a self-styled plan or a recognized concentration.

Under a self-styled plan, you can design a program using existing courses from almost any graduate area of the university to address a particular intellectual interest not met by any specific degree program available. You should contact the general Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator in the Graduate School if you would like to pursue a self-styled plan.

The recognized concentrations provide plans that are built around predefined interdisciplinary themes and may offer you more initial structure regarding coursework when compared to the self-styled approach.

Program Requirements

Primary concentration - 12 to 18 hours

Second concentration - at least 6 hours

Third concentration - 6 hours of Interdisciplinary Courses (INSD 5110 & INSD 5940)

Two additional disciplines - at least 6 hours each

Our current selection of concentrations include:

For either option—self-styled or preexisting concentration—the degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Master of Arts or a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. The names of existing official concentrations are also printed on the diploma for students in those sub-plans.
  • You will choose two separate fields of study with at least 6 hours of credit in each field.
  • No more than 18 hours (including thesis and special problems courses) may be taken under any one course prefix or subject field.
  • A total of 30 graduate credit hours are required for graduation.

You will complete your degree with the INSD capstone course.

  • You must successfully complete the INSD capstone course in order to finish the INSD degree.

For more information about degree completion options, please see Resources.