Interdisciplinary Studies master’s degrees
The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants to the master’s program can pursue one of two approaches — either a self-styled plan or a recognized concentration. Under a self-styled plan, students design a program to address a particular intellectual interest or study a multidisciplinary issue that combines existing courses from any graduate area of the university. Applicants should contact the Graduate School to discuss their intention to seek a self-styled plan. A recognized concentration provides more structure in the courses taken and is built around a defined interdisciplinary theme. For either approach, the degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Master of Arts or Master of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies.
In the self-styled approach, either the Master of Science or the Master of Arts degree program must include no fewer than three separate fields of study with at least 6 hours in each field. No more than 18 hours (including thesis and special problems) may be taken under any one course prefix or subject field. A faculty advisory committee, representative of each of the disciplines of the student’s program, will be formed to help the student develop the degree plan and supervise progress.
Knowledge of at least one foreign language or tool subject acceptable to the Toulouse Graduate School is required for the Master of Arts degree, but not for the Master of Science.
Students may choose the non-thesis option and complete at least 30 semester hours for a Master of Arts or Master of Science. The thesis option requires 24 semester hours plus 6 hours of thesis, for a total of 30 hours.
For any non-thesis degree, the student will either successfully complete a capstone seminar, submit a portfolio of work designed in concert with the advisory committee, or develop a project in concert with the committee.
Applicants for admission to the degree in interdisciplinary studies must submit the following:
- A completed Graduate School application form.
- Complete transcripts from all colleges attended.
- A non-refundable application fee.
- Scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing sections of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or results from another standardized test such as the GMAT.
- A current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Two letters of recommendation.
After students are accepted into the program, but before they can begin taking classes, they will work with an academic advisor in the Toulouse Graduate School, the director of a concentration (if applicable) and the faculty advisory committee to develop a plan of study for the interdisciplinary program that includes the following:
- goals for the program of study;
- anticipated learning outcomes (i.e., what the student expects to have learned by the end of the program);
- defined assessment methods for the learning outcomes designed in consultation with the program advisor and director or the faculty advisory committee; and
- a degree plan worksheet approved by the Toulouse Graduate School and the faculty representatives from each of the disciplines from which the student will take classes.
Applicants seeking admission to the recognized concentrations should consult with the concentration’s director for concentration specific admission requirements.
University Courses (UCRS)
University courses are interdisciplinary in nature and are available to students working toward the master’s degree with the interdisciplinary major.
Students pursuing the master’s in interdisciplinary studies additionally may request admission to one of the available concentration programs.