Interdisciplinary Studies, MA
Accelerated Program

The MA degree in interdisciplinary studies offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is an innovative program that allows students to combine the study of two or more disciplines.

The MA degree in interdisciplinary studies offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is an innovative program that allows students to combine the study of two or more disciplines.

Founded on the conviction that solving problems in the 21st century often requires an interdisciplinary approach, this flexible program provides exposure to a variety of research methods, historical perspectives and modes of inquiry.

The program offers access to faculty members who are active practitioners of interdisciplinary inquiry. Working with the faculty, students may define their own area of emphasis or adopt an existing area within the humanities and social sciences.

The skills and knowledge that students acquire can be directed toward doctoral study or professional goals in any enterprise that engages in research or education, ranging from advertising and marketing, nonprofit leadership, and media production to museum curatorship, community college teaching, and leading-edge entrepreneurship.

Program Offered

Interdisciplinary Studies, MA

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Location
West

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

This degree follows the general graduate application deadlines.

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Financing Your Education

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Program Requirements

Required Core (9 credit hours)
MAS 501 Methods for Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
MAS 502 Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Studies (3)
MAS 505 Theories of Change, Culture, and Mind (3)

Focus Area (15-18 credit hours)

Electives (0-3 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
MAS 585 Capstone Course (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
The core courses are designed as a sequence and are meant to guide students through the program, from learning about interdisciplinarity to practicing interdisciplinary research. Therefore, students are required to take each of the core courses at the first time that they are available while the student is enrolled in the program.

For the focus area coursework, students work with a faculty mentor to select 15 to 18 credit hours of graduate-level coursework that reflect a particular area of specialty or interest.

Students can select three credit hours of a graduate-level elective in order to reach the required 30 credit hours for the degree program.

Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved focus area coursework and electives.

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