Degree Plan

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Admissions

  • Approved University Admission
  • 1-page essay stating the reasons for applying to the program and career goals
  • Official GRE Data (Note:  Student must have a Graduate Admissions Index of 980)
  • *Formal Admission to the MAIS program

Students should submit official transcripts and GRE scores to the Office of Admissions. Program specific requirements such as essays, letter of recommendation, resumes, and/or writing samples should be submitted directly to Arts and Sciences.

Core – 9 semester hours

  • INDS 6312 Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies - Formal admission to MAIS Program is required for enrollment in this course, which must be completed within first 15 s.h.

The other 6 s.h. of core requirements can be taken from:

  • INDS 6324 Ethics or
  • INDS 6326 Social Philosophy or
  • INDS 6305 Research Project (to be taken in last 15 s.h. of the program; requires prior approval of supervising advisors).

First Concentration 12- 15 semester hours

Concentration I Options: Biomedical Sciences, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Critical Theory, Digital Gaming & Simulation, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology, or Publishing.

Second Concentration 9 - 12 semester hours

Concentration II Options: Biomedical Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Critical Theory, Digital Gaming & Simulation, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology or Publishing.

Special Options:

  • 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.
  • 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 first concentration advisor