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 approach involves more structure in the courses taken 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.
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 Personal Potential Index or the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or results from another standardized test such as the GMAT.
- A current resume.
- 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 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. (The learning methods and outcomes must be designed in consultation with a faculty advisor or the entire advisory committee.) and
- a degree plan worksheet approved by the Toulouse Graduate School and the faculty representatives from each of the disciplines from which they will take classes.
Applicants seeking admission to the recognized concentrations and guided programs of study should consult with the concentration’s director for concentration specific admission requirements.
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 degree plan 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.
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 degree plan committee, or develop a project in concert with the advisory committee.
University Courses (UCRS)
University courses are interdisciplinary in nature and are available to students working toward the master’s degree with the interdisciplinary major.