The Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is offered by the Graduate College and is designed to combine the theory and practice of several strands or disciplines of inquiry originating in a variety of other academic areas, such as the social sciences, sciences, the humanities, education and business. These degrees provide an opportunity for substantial academic preparation and advanced mastery in interrelated areas of study that have the power to stimulate multidimensional views of complex knowledge. Students in these graduate degrees build multifaceted competencies, creative practices, and broadminded perspectives that may reach across a select range of discourses and experience. The multidisciplinary structure of these programs provides a flexible curriculum of coursework suitable to the stimulation of participants' continued intellectual growth, personal satisfaction, and career advancement in evolving fields relevant to the challenges of life, work, and learning in diverse settings of the twenty-first century.
At least 48 credits are required for the interdisciplinary studies graduate degree. The curriculum consists of a first year cohort experience wherein students clarify academic goals and chart a course through the program (MIIS 520—Fall term), produce an academically rigorous literature review in a topic area relevant to the students interest areas (MIIS 521—Winter term) and then conduct a study using qualitative research methods (MIIS 522—Spring term). It is important to note that students must pass MIIS 521 to continue in the program. The student, under the guidance of the program coordinator, selects the remaining courses, with one major area of concentration required (16–28 approved graduate credits) and classes in at least one other academic area—embodying the spirit of an interdisciplinary approach. A culminating thesis or project is required with an oral defense.
Given the highly customized nature of this program, it is necessary to contact the Program Coordinator, to fully understand which academic areas are available and to explore the best fit for your interests, as part of the application process.
Please contact Dr. Garth Pittman with inquiries.