Multidisciplinary Studies FAQ

What materials are needed to apply for the program?

  1. The online application can be completed in approximately 10-15 minutes.
  2. A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for all applications.  The fee can be paid online through Visa or MasterCard.
  3. Sealed official transcripts from all undergraduate colleges and universities. Each institution must send the transcript directly to the student. Students submit unopened transcript envelopes with other application materials. 
  4. 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.  
  5. Identification and consent of a principal adviser.  


Can I transfer credits from a previously attended school?

Yes, you may transfer up to 15 credits from your previous school(s).


How much do graduate courses cost per credit hour?

How many credits do I need for a degree in multidisciplinary studies?

  • A minimum of 30 credits must be completed, comprised of at least 15 credits of 600- or 700-level courses, including the thesis or project.
  • A maximum of 12 credits may be taken in a discipline that offers a master's degree; a maximum of 18 credits may be taken in a discipline that does not offer a master's degree.


Are there any exams that need to be taken for acceptance into the program?

No, there are no exams required in order to be accepted into the multidisciplinary studies program.


What kind of advising is available?

Each student must create an academic advisory committee for his or her program consisting of a principal adviser (PA) and three additional graduate faculty advisers. Identification of a principal adviser and his or her consent to serve as PA is required for admission to Multidisciplinary Studies.

(International cohort students studying under the International Graduate Program for Educators program should contact the center's director for more information.)

It is the student's responsibility to initiate and maintain an effective relationship with the advisory committee. Students are encouraged to seek advisement frequently throughout their studies.


Do you have to be a full-time student to be in the program?

No, most multidisciplinary studies students are part-time students.


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