MAIS 797: Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal


Before Interdisciplinary Studies students can register for project or thesis credits, they must submit an approved proposal to the program office. To help prepare them to write a successful proposal, they are required to take a 1-credit course, MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal.

The course provides a structured environment in which students work on their proposals with the MAIS 797 instructor and the student's project/thesis committee chair. The course culminates in the presentation of the research project/thesis proposal to an audience of peers and professors.

Preparing for MAIS 797

Prerequisites for MAIS 797 - Proposal consist of:

  1. Completion of MAIS 796.
  2. 21 credits of coursework towards the degree.
  3. Completion of research methods course, if required. (The research methods course may not be taken concurrently with MAIS 797.)

Further, students getting ready for MAIS 797 should:

  • Have a topic idea in mind.
  • Have committee chair who is willing to work with them on their proposal.
  • Be thinking about the other two members of the committee, who will also approve the proposal.
  • Have sufficient time in their schedule. Though MAIS 797 is a 1-credit course, the amount of work involved in creating a graduate-level research proposal exceeds the work of a typical 1-credit course. 

Guidelines for Your Concentration or Topic

Some concentrations have specific guidelines for the thesis or project. Please see the links below and consult with your concentration head for more information on what your project or thesis will entail. Furthermore, every project or thesis committee will have specific requirements for the student, so it is critically important for students to work closely with their committee chair during the proposal stage.

Resources: Project/Thesis Guidelines by Concentration