Master of Science or Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, MSIS/MAIS

The Interdisciplinary Studies program with a concentration in Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies offers a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) or Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS).

The purpose of both degrees is to engage students in different disciplines to understand certain topics or problems. Each of the degree offerings have the same rules about course choice and requirements, so potential students may choose either based on the degree they would like to receive. Each degree is 39-hours and can be completed through a mixture of face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes.

The MSIS and MAIS degrees are individualized for each student, allowing them to enroll in courses from different disciplines based on career experience, needs, and goals.  Students often choose, but are not limited to the following disciplines: education, communication studies, social work, human resources, psychology, sociology, philosophy, criminal justice, and counseling.  In addition, students have the option to choose between a research track or a practicum track as their exit module. 

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree can also include coursework for additional certification programs so you can receive a degree and a certificate as you complete your degree. Popular certifications include: Professional Ethics, Certified Public Manager, Corporate Communications and Training. For more information please visit the Graduate College website.

(Please note that many certificate programs are not offered online and you must be admitted to a certificate program separately)

Steps to Apply

step 1: Submit Application

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Degree Audit

The following degree audits serve only as visual examples to the Interdisciplinary Studies degree. Students will create their personalized degree audit in the introductory course (CTE 5303) of their first semester. 

Entry Module

MSIS/MAISMSIS/MAIS and Certificate
CTE 5303 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership StudiesCTE 5303 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies
CTE 5313 - Leadership and Professional Development CTE 5313 - Leadership and Professional Development
CTE 5324 -Human Performance in the WorkplacePHIL 5322 - Professional Ethics

Academic Module

MSIS/MAISMSIS/MAIS and Certificate
OCED 5360B - Critical Thinking in the WorkplacePHIL 5301 - Applied Philosophy
CTE 5360 - Organization Development in the WorkplacePHIL 5320 - History of Ethics
COMM 5319 - Organizational CommunicationPHIL 5323 - Environmental Ethics
SOWK 5309 - Human Behavior in Local and Global Social EnvironmentsSOWK 5309 - Human Behavior in Local and Global Social Environments
SOWK 5300C - School Social WorkSOWK 5300C - School Social Work
PA 5310 - Public Finance Administration PA 5310- Public Finance Administration
PA 5311 - Introduction to Statistical AnalysisPA 5311- Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Applied Research Sequence

Design, Do, Disseminate
OCED 5300 - Interdisciplinary Research Methods (Design Research)
OCED 5301 - Applied Interdisciplinary Studies Research Part I (Do/Conduct Research)
OCED 5302 - Applied Interdisciplinary Research Part II (Disseminate Research)


Admission Requirements


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Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

GRE not required


  • statement of purpose (one page)

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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