Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Individualized Studies Concentration

This concentration is for students who wish to design a graduate program to meet the special needs of their careers and life plans. Students usually choose this option because traditional graduate programs do not meet their specific goals. Students, with help from their faculty advisor, design a unique program of study that includes courses from several academic departments.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Individualized Concentration (IND)

This concentration is for students who wish to design a graduate program to meet the special needs of their careers and life plans. Students usually choose this option because traditional graduate programs do not meet their specific goals. Students, with help from their faculty advisor, design a unique program of study that includes courses from several academic departments.

Students have access to most graduate courses offered by Mason but must meet all course prerequisites.  Each student must submit a curriculum worksheet approved by the student's advisor and director during the first semester enrolled. Any subsequent amendments must have the approval of the student's advisor and the director.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Disciplinary Focus

Select a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits in one discipline 12-18
Total Credits 12-18

Complementary Disciplines

Students take 9-18 courses in complementary disciplines. These require the approval of faculty advisor and MAIS director. 9-18
Total Credits 9-18

Research Methods

Students take a research methods course approved by faculty advisor and MAIS director. 3
Total Credits 3

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4
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