Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

A Master's with a Mission

The Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences encourages students' freedom and creativity while maintaining the University's commitment to excellence. Founded in 1982, Interdisciplinary Studies recognizes the demand for high quality, non-traditional graduate programs that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

Innovation is not just a core component of the Interdisciplinary Studies student experience; it is also built into the design of the program itself.

Interdisciplinary Studies is unique among Mason graduate programs because it offers faculty a way to pilot new Master's degrees as concentrations, thereby staying on the cutting edge of higher education. For example, the M.A.s in Anthropology, Communication, and Higher Education were once MAIS concentrations. As a result, the Interdisciplinary Studies program continues to evolve.

Growth and change are constants in Interdisciplinary Studies, but our embrace of excellence, freedom, and creativity is timeless.