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 discipline - 12 to 18 hours

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 three 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.
  • A 3-member advisory committee composed of full faculty members from each of your disciplines will help you develop the degree plan and will supervise your progress.

You will complete your degree with a project, portfolio or capstone course.

  • You must successfully complete one of the following: a capstone course, a portfolio of work designed in concert with your advisory committee or a project developed in collaboration with your committee.
  • While a capstone course may appear to be the most expedient way of completing the degree, not all academic departments offer capstone courses. Be advised that some doctoral admissions committees only consider applicants who have completed a master’s thesis.

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