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.

Degree Offered

Interdisciplinary Studies, MA
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Plan of Study

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

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Application Deadlines

Priority: February 15
Final: July 15

Priority: October 15
Final: December 1

*talk with your advisor for updates on deadlines

Graduate Experience

Information Session
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Financial Aid
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WRGP eligible program
Graduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Education online admission application, including application fee
  2. official GRE scores if undergraduate GPA is below 3.00
  3. official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country
  4. a statement of purpose that describes the educational background, scholarly interests, and academic and professional goals of the applicant
  5. three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who know the applicant's work well (if not available, then from individuals in supervisory or professional roles)
  6. an academic writing sample (if not available, then an example of professional writing)
  7. resume or curriculum vitae (optional)

Minimum of a "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) GPA in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate course work (if the applicant does not meet the minimum GPA requirements, the application may still be considered)

Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Please see the program website for application deadlines.

What Can MAIS Offer You?

Built for the 21st century, the MAIS program is unique in offering its students a panorama of transformative human thought across a variety of disciplines, and at fostering independent decision-making from the moment students enter the program. The knowledge and skills acquired in the process can serve as exceptional stepping stones to a variety of doctoral programs (Art, Performance and Media, English, History, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Latin American Studies and Cultural Studies, to name a few), or as powerful tools in accomplishing one's professional goals. These goals can range from community college teaching, school administration, advertising and marketing, leading-edge entrepreneurship, nonprofit leadership, museum curatorship, and in the art and media fields.

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