Master of Science- Interdisciplinary Studies

The graduate Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) degree is a multi-disciplinary, advanced program of study that provides the student with a broad perspective and foundational knowledge in more than one subject. Sometimes a focused graduate program is not sufficient to meet a student's unique career goal or a student simply has multiple interests; this program can be "customized" with a main anchor area and two supplemental disciplines. With this program students will develop an awareness of the perspectives and philosophies of various interest groups and contexts, and be encouraged to take a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving and workplace innovation. Students take an introductory course, IS 501 Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar (1 SCH), to devise a personal program of study, and learn the conceptual foundations of interdisciplinary study at the graduate level. The interrelatedness of the disciplines is important as students make decisions in degree planning and course selection. The alternative graduate teacher certification program can also be infused within the MSIS degree for those who desire both state certification and a graduate degree. 

In IS 501 the MSIS student is encouraged to create a strong intellectual, yet coherent holistic program that meets individual career goals. Independent thinking and the ability to plan is very important in this program as specific courses will not be prescribed on the degree plan initially. The student takes "ownership" of the plan and in marketing this degree following graduation.  Although an interdisciplinary program can be powerful in terms of career development, the student is encouraged to work with the Career Development center on resume development, interviewing skills, and career prospects that target graduates of multi-disciplinary programs. 

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of cumulative 2.80 GPA or 2.80 GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree program
  • Official GRE or MAT score for those not pursuing teacher certification; passing score on TEXES exam for those pursuing the teacher certification path (teacher certification candidates are not required to take the GRE or MAT)
  • Three letters of academic recommendation
  • Approved Writing sample conducted in campus Testing Center
  • Letter of interest with statement of goals (an introspective essay typically one to two pages in length specifying what the student expects to achieve by earning an interdisciplinary degree, why this type of degree may be suitable, and what disciplines the student is interested in)
  • Resume

Admission Requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by the designated deadline of first semester of enrollment.  Be aware that initial admission to the university does not guarantee full admission to a graduate degree program.

Career Prospects with this degree:  

  • Entry level management or supervisory positions
  • A variety of roles with social or community agencies
  • Public School Teaching positions for those with a baccalaureate degree in a content subject and state certification
  • Public Educator credentials for dual credit or AP courses at the secondary level - 18 SCH of graduate coursework can be obtained in a discipline with this degree, with complementary coursework in Education for professional development
  • General Upward mobility for those in established fields of practice
  • Sales and Marketing roles
  • Public Relations positions
  • Entrepreneurial goals
  • Community College Staff roles
  • Human Resources

What Students Gain from this Program

Regardless of which disciplines a student chooses, a graduate of the program will be equipped with:

1. A broad, interdisciplinary perspective of knowledge and the capacity to apply integrated knowledge to problem-solving, inquiry and innovation.

2. Analytical skills that cross disciplinary boundaries.

3. Sensitivity to perspectives of various interest groups and contexts, such as social, political, cultural and economic.

4. Research and technical writing skills.

Options for Anchor Discipline (courses must be 500 level or higher)

  • English
  • Biology
  • History
  • Communication
  • Educational Administration
  • Adult and Higher Education
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Instructional Technology
  • Special Education
  • Education
  • Reading
  • A discipline transferred from an accredited institution (max. of 12 SCH may be transferred) - Disciplines not offered at the A&M-Texarkana campus can be obtained through the cross-enrollment program with A&M-Commerce. Examples: Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Sociology, Chemistry, etc.
  • NOTE:  Psychology, Counseling and Business cannot be used as the main anchor discipline but can be selected as supplemental, although restricted selection of courses applies.