The Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program at George Mason University began in 1982. The program was developed to meet a demand for high quality, non-traditional graduate programs in Northern Virginia.
In the beginning, the Interdisciplinary Studies program offered just two concentrations, individualized studies and liberal studies. We have grown considerably since then. The master's program now offers the distinct concentrations listed below.
In addition to concentrations focused on specific interdisciplinary areas, we offer an individualized studies concentration that allows students to construct their own interdisciplinary program of study. Students are admitted to individualized studies only if they can enter the program with a graduate faculty advisor willing to work with them.