Multidisciplinary Studies

Multidisciplinary studies programs are designed for individuals with unique professional and educational objectives not readily met by traditional master's degrees. Through advisement and within certain guidelines, students may design their own program by selecting graduate courses from academic departments at the college or other accredited institutions.

There are two tracks available:  individualized and public relations management.

  • Individualized track offers new curriculum option:  Data Analytics (see below)

Upon satisfactory completion of an approved course of study, either a master of arts (M.A.) or a master of science degree (M.S.) is awarded, depending on the scope and content of the program.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0) scale.
  2. A two- to three-page statement of intent (essay) that includes the following:  (a) educational and professional objectives; (b) an explanation of the reasons for interest in a nontraditional study format;  and (c) a detailed outline of the proposed plan of study, including specific courses.
  3. An interview with the program coordinator who will contact the student for an appointment after the completed application is received.
  4. Identification and consent of a principal adivser.  Those students needing assistance identifying an adviser should contact the program coordinator in the Graduate School office.

Data Analytics Curriculum - Fall 2016

Beginning in fall 2016, specialized curriculum has been packaged for students interested in data analytics.  As one of the fastest growing degrees leading to excellent jobs in a variety of fields, the data analytics curriculum will include courses in big data, statistics, machine learning, database management and data visualization, programming and business intelligence.  For more information about this exciting new curriculum, please review the informational flyer or contact Dr. Joaquin Carbonara, Principal Adviser for Data Analytics and Professor Mathematics.

Hear About the Public Relations Track from an Alumna

Kathy Swenson, a 2008 graduate of the master's degree program in multidisciplinary studies/Public Relations track, talks about the value of her degree in advancing her career in public relations and fundraising. To learn more about the Public Relations track, contact Professor Deborah Silverman at silverda@buffalostate.edu.

Hours

Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Graduate School

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