Program Details

Prospective students identify a major program of study and then select minor areas from other departments or programs
Ashland, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Master in Interdisciplinary Studies (MIIS) program is founded on the belief that many current and future issues of life, health, identity, relationship, technology, belief systems, political vision, environmental wealth, cultural complexity, and the nature and acquisition of knowledge are most fruitfully explored through interdisciplinary approaches. Our mission is to serve graduate students who want to develop new perspectives on human values and questions of social importance, who want to develop new habits of thinking, and who want to advance their analytical and communication skills. The interdisciplinary program allows a person to pick a major area of concentration (16-28 credits) and then one or more support areas (12 - 16 credits). There are also core requirements of 8 credits (Introduction to Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies CAS 520, Applications in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies CAS 521 and Research and Assessment in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies CAS 522), a comprehensive exam and a final project or thesis. The program totals 48 credits (on the quarter system) with most full-time students taking 9-12 credits/term.

Additional Program Information

Northwest Commission on Universities and Colleges
Financial Aid:
University admission requires a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter units or 60 semester hours.
International Requirements:
Students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL exam or other appropriate test of proficiency. SOU requires a minimum internet score of 76 or a CBT (computer based testing) score of 207.