Interdisciplinary Studies

Master of Science Degree (MS) Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Contact: Dr. Gaynell Green; (903) 223-3165;

Mission/Description of the Program

The major of this advanced degree is multi-disciplinary in nature; it provides a broad, multi-disciplinary perspective and foundational knowledge enabling graduates to pursue customized career goals or advance in an established career. As a customized Liberal Studies degree, students select a main "anchor" discipline, and, in consultation with the program academic advisor, choose two additional disciplines to form an intellectual and coherent "whole" that meets individual career goals. Independent degree planning is very important in this program as specific courses will not be prescribed on the degree plan initially. The student takes "ownership" of creating a degree plan that meets his/her professional or academic needs. 

This program also houses the Graduate Teacher Certification Program. Students must have already passed the TEXES content test to enter that track, and meet other MSIS program admission requirements. To become certified students take a specific curricular plan which prepares them to pass the Profession and Practice (PPR) state certification exam. Both frameworks of the program are shown below.

Regardless of which disciplines a student chooses, the broad program goal is that students will be able to:

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

2. Develop analytical skills that cross disciplinary boundaries.

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

4. Develop research and technical writing skills.

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.

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Non-Thesis option
IS 595Research Literature and Techniques3
IS 596MSIS Research Project3
Anchor Discipline 112-18
Supplemental Discipline (distinct from the anchor discipline)6-12
Supplemental Discipline (distinct from the Anchor Discipline) 6-12
Thesis Option
IS 518Thesis6
Anchor Discipline 112-18
Supplemental Discipline (distinct from Anchor discipline) 6-12
Supplemental Discipline ( distinct from the Anchor discipline)6-12
Minimum Hours for Degree36

Options for Anchor Discipline: English, Biology, History, Communication, Education Administration, Adult and Higher Education, Mathematics, Instructional Technology, Reading, Special Education, Education, or a discipline transferred from another accredited institution. Psychology (restricted courses), Counseling (restricted courses), Management, and Economics can only be taken as Supplemental Disciplines.

Graduate Courses in Interdisciplinary Studies

IS 518. Thesis. 6 Hours.

This course affords students the opportunity to undertake individual research. It is graded on a (S) Satisfactory or (U) Unsatisfactory basis. (6 SCH).

IS 589. Individual Study. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

IS 595. Research Literature and Techniques. 3 Hours.

This is a review of research studies produced by investigators in student's major field with emphasis on investigative and verification techniques employed. Students will demonstrate competence in using systematic research techniques by investigation and formal reporting of a problem.

IS 596. MSIS Research Project. 3 Hours.

This is an independent/directed study course wherein the student refines and completes a final project for the MSIS degree. The instructor and an outside evaluator will work with the student during the semester, with the student submitting rough drafts of the project throughout the semester. The student will be evaluated by their mentor and two additional faculty. The faculty will look for evidence that the student has mastered the learning outcomes expected in the MSIS program.

IS 597. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.


Dr. Gaynell Green

Associate Professor

Office:  Science and Technology Bldg, 309J


Phone: 903-223-3165