Interdisciplinary Studies at UNT prepares you to examine and solve complex problems as you draw on knowledge and skills from more than one academic field. Whether you are preparing for a specialized career that requires uncommonly broad training, or you seek a more global view on multifaceted issues for your own personal development, our Master in Interdisciplinary Studies program may be exactly what you are looking for.
How does it work?
In the Interdisciplinary Studies master’s program, you can pursue one of two approaches—either a self-styled plan or a recognized concentration.
· Self-styled: Under a self-styled plan, with the help of an advisory committee, you will design a program using existing courses from almost any graduate area of the university to address a particular intellectual interest not fully met by just one degree program available.
· Concentrations: The recognized concentration option provides more structure initially for the courses taken and is built around a predefined interdisciplinary theme.
For either approach, the degree awarded upon completion of your program is a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. The name of an existing official concentration, if chosen as a sub-plan, is also printed on the diploma.
Both the MS and the MA require a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours. Depending on the concentration, these hours generally include coursework completed from three different fields. The MA option requires knowledge of at least one foreign language or tool subject acceptable to the Toulouse Graduate School, while the MS degree option does not have a foreign language requirement. Students may complete the degree requirements with a thesis, project, portfolio, or capstone course.
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As you begin evaluating what the Master of Science or the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies could do for you, it is very important that you communicate with the appropriate program director or coordinator. There may be concentration-specific admission requirements. The director of your concentration and/or the general program coordinator will answer your specific questions about the Interdisciplinary Studies program and will serve as a constant point of reference for you regarding program requirements.
To begin your application, you must submit the following to the Toulouse Graduate School:
- A completed on-line application
- Complete official transcripts from all colleges attended
- A non-refundable application fee
- Scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or scores from another standardized test such as the GMAT.
In addition to items sent to the Toulouse Graduate School, the following documents must be sent to the INSD program coordinator indicated below:
- Your theme statement (see Resources for the template)
- A current resume or c.v.
- Two letters of recommendation mailed directly by the recommenders via a postal service or directly emailed to INSD@unt.edu