Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should succinctly state why you would like to blend together coursework from more than one academic area to achieve your academic and/or career goals. You should also include your anticipated learning outcomes, i.e. what you expect to have learned by the end of the program. Be specific, but also concise.

Fill out the degree plan template with the help of the director of your concentration and/or the general Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator and your advisory committee. Your degree plan must include the following:

  •  3 separate fields of study
  • minimum 6 hours of credit in 2 concentrations
  • no more than 18 hours in one academic area
  • a total of 30 graduate credit hours
  • identify one of the completion options (project, portfolio, or capstone)

You are not required to submit your plan until you have completed 9 hours of graduate credit, but no coursework is guaranteed to count toward completion of the degree until you have an approved degree plan filed with the Graduate School.

Knowledge of a second language or "language tool" is required for the Master of Arts degree. This language proficiency can be proven by examination or with two years of college-level courses on your transcripts.

No more than 12 hours may be drawn from courses offered by the College of Business or the Counseling Department respectively. Take special care when considering courses that list prerequisites, and note that some courses or areas of study require faculty or departmental approval (e.g. applied music and art, psychology, history, etc.). While you may take undergraduate courses (e.g. prerequisites), only graduate-level classes (5000-level courses or above) count toward a master’s degree.

Students changing majors to Interdisciplinary Studies with 9 graduate credit hours or more completed must submit to the Toulouse Graduate School an approved and signed degree plan before enrolling in courses as an Interdisciplinary Studies student.

Changes in classes can be made if necessary. If the changes are not extensive, a simple email from a faculty member from your concentration to the general Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator will suffice. If changes are extensive, you may need to submit a new degree plan. 

We expect that your work will demonstrate interdisciplinary elements from each of your areas of academic discipline. For example, although we often think of portfolios in association with art, some students in non-artistic fields have compiled graduation portfolios that include papers they wrote in classes from all three of their academic fields. This collection of writings is usually "book ended" with an introduction and conclusion highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of their research and the things they learned throughout their master's program. Some students have even written a brief introduction for each paper included in the portfolio.

Capstone courses are not available in all academic areas, nor are they always identified in the Graduate Catalog as capstone courses. You should check with your collaborating departments to find out if there is a capstone course that could work for you. While a capstone course may appear to be the most expedient way of completing the degree, be advised that some doctoral admissions committees only consider applicants who have completed a master’s thesis. If you choose to complete the degree with a capstone course, the advisory committee's interaction with you may be minimal after you have filed a degree plan with the Graduate School.

If you choose to complete the degree with a project or portfolio, it is not necessary to work on that project or portfolio for credit. If this option for earned credit interests you, consult with your primary-area committee member and the Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator about taking a "special problems" or "problems in lieu of thesis" course focusing on project or portfolio preparation. In such cases, you will likely collaborate most with the professor representing your primary area of study.


See Graduation at the Toulouse Graduate School website for details and deadlines on the process of graduation at UNT.

You must apply for graduation before or at the beginning of your last semester of classes to set things in motion for your graduation.

Please note that there is an early application deadline at the beginning of each term.

There is also a deadline for the submission of your final project/portfolio completion form which should be filled out and returned to the Graduate School by the deadline for defense results. The form does not pass through the hands of the student. It is possible for your primary area professor to sign the document.

If you are completing your degree with a capstone course, please talk to your academic advisor. The Graduate School will simply check to be sure that you finished all the coursework on your degree plan, and that you successfully completed your capstone course.