Master of Arts/ Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
The Interdisciplinary Studies major for the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree is a highly restricted interdisciplinary program designed for students whose professional/academic objectives are unique and cannot be met by existing master’s degree offerings. It is a program that comprises course offerings from at least two departments in related disciplines and must provide sharp focus and appropriate coherence. As a rule, no more than 9 semester units of previously completed acceptable course work may be included on an approved master’s degree program.
The Interdisciplinary Studies program only accepts applications for Fall admission. In addition to meeting minimum University requirements for admission to classified graduate standing, applicants must possess a baccalaureate in an area cognate to the areas of the proposed degree, must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average (A=4.0) and must meet all college requirements and such department, division or school requirements as course prerequisites, test scores, and grade point average for the master’s degrees of the colleges and departments/divisions/schools in which course work for the Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s is proposed. Approval for an Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s is based upon individual justification.
Students must make formal written application to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. All applications must include:
- A clear and concisely stated rationale for pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s degree and an indication of the professional/academic objectives to be achieved. This rationale must include evidence clearly indicating that the Interdisciplinary Studies program could not be accommodated within any existing approved master’s degree program on this campus.
- A proposed list of available courses chosen from two or more departments/divisions/schools totaling a minimum of 30 units, of which at least 15 units must be 5000-level.
- An indication of whether a thesis or project will be used to complete the graduate program. A preliminary description of the thesis topic or research project is to be included.
- Names and areas of specialization of at least two tenured or tenure-track faculty members’ representative of the disciplines in the proposed study plan who have agreed to serve on the advisory committee for such a degree program.
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty confirming commitment to serve as a member of the program faculty advisory committee. One letter must be from a faculty member willing to serve as committee chair.
The Dean of Graduate Studies must approve all programs prior to admission. The student’s study plan is subject to University graduate procedures and regulations that govern all graduate degree offerings.
The goals of the IS program are:
- To provide opportunities and appropriate advisement for students who choose to develop individualized programs of study to serve their unique career and professional development needs.
- To provide the means through which the campus' academic community can experiment with new and emerging fields of inquiry.
Please refer to the Master of Arts/Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Student Advisement Handbook for further information.
- Interdisciplinary Studies Program Application
- MA/MS in Interdisciplinary Studies Student Advisement Handbook (update coming soon!)
- Student Learning Outcomes
Office of Graduate Studies
Division of Academic Affairs
Office: Library North A124
Phone: (323) 343-3820 | FAX: (323) 343-5653