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2013-2014 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Plan for Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)



Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)

1.     General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see graduate admission 
        requirements).
2.     Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree
        students must submit their official GRE scores. Admission to the M.A.I.S program is based on an evaluation
        by the program's admission committee of the following information: 
        1.     A one-page essay that states the student’s reasons for applying to the program and his or her career
                goals and research and scholarly interests, if any.
        2.     Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions index of 1,400 or higher (if taken prior to August
                1, 2011) or 980 (if taken on or after August 1, 2011), obtained by either of the following:

                If taken prior to August 1, 2011:  GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200
                Plus GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative)

                If taken on or after August 1, 2011:  GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus
                15 times (Verbal + Quantitative – 260)

3.     Degree Requirements
        a. a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours (s.h.) with a final grade of at least a B in each course
        b. 15 s.h. maximum in any one concentration except INDS
        c. INDS 6312 (Introduction to INDS) can only be taken twice.
        d. COSC 6360 and COSC 6361 will NOT count toward the 36 semester hour requirements.
4.    Core Courses and Concentrations.
        a. MAIS core requirements (9 s.h.)
            i.     For all MAIS students (3 s.h.)
                  INDS 6312 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, (Students must have Graduate Admission to the
                  MAIS program and take within the first 15 semester hours). 
           ii. For first concentrators in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Forensic Science, or Math (6 s.h.)
                  INDS 6328 Philosophy of Science
                  INDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project (To be taken in last 15 s.h. of the program.) 
                  This course requires prior approval of supervising instructor and advisor.
           iii. For first concentrators other than Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Forensic Science, or 
               Math (6 s.h.)
                  INDS 6324 Ethics, or
                  INDS 6326 Social Philosophy, or
                  INDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project (To be taken in last 15 s.h. of the program.)
                  This course requires prior approval of supervising instructor and advisor.
       b. First Concentration (12-15 s.h.)
           Options: Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, 
           Digital Gaming & Simulation, English, Film, Forensic Science, History, Homeland and International 
           Security, Mathematics, Psychology, Publishing, or Religion.
       c. Second Concentration (9-12 s.h.)
           Options: Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal 
           Justice, Digital Gaming & Simulation, Education, English, Film, Forensic Science, History, Homeland and 
           International Security,   Mathematics, Psychology, Publishing, or Religion.
         d. Special Options:
            1.  Upon the advisement and recommendation of the MAIS program director and their first concentration
                 advisor, students may write a 6-hour interdisciplinary thesis.  These students will not be required to 
                 take INDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project.
            2.  Students may replace the second concentration in one discipline with 9-12 s.h. of courses from any
                 graduate offerings designed around a theme or topic.  The student must submit a written rationale for 
                 this grouping of courses to the M.A.I.S. program director and the first concentration advisor before 
                 the completion of 15 s.h. in the program.  The proposal is subject to the approval of both the program
                 director and the concentration advisor.