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Interdisciplinary Studies (M.S.)

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The M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program is an innovative, flexible and highly individualized graduate program designed to meet students’ unique academic and professional goals. Students will work with their advisor to finalize a customized plan of study in at least two or three disciplines, using classes that are relevant to supporting the student in achieving their educational goals. Students are able to choose a coursework only option or complete a research paper/project. Courses are delivered through online and face-to-face instruction.

Proposed Audience

This program is designed to meet the needs of diverse students and market demands, strengthening and preserving employability for working professionals. The M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program is structured to meet the specific needs of instructors at 2 and 4 year postsecondary schools, as well as K-12 teachers. The program will serve this population by allowing students to complete graduate coursework in their disciplines of instruction, while also earning a master’s degree. Postsecondary instructors who teach two different disciplines, a common practice at many institutions, can become properly-credentialed in each, which would not be possible in the context of a traditional discipline-specific graduate program. This program also meets a need for high school teachers who teach or wish to teach concurrent credit courses, providing an opportunity to package their varied graduate coursework into a master’s degree. Furthermore, this degree uniquely assists individuals who may have interests in multiple disciplines, an uncompleted graduate degree or have taken graduate credits and wish to apply those credits towards a master’s degree. 


Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science

  • Option B - Research/Design Paper (32 credit hours)
  • Option C - Coursework Only (35 credit hours)

Core Requirements

Coursework must be selected from two (2) or three (3) distinct academic areas, excluding pedagogy. If two academic areas are selected, the student must complete no fewer than twelve (12) credit hours in each area and no less than one (1) credit hour of capstone experience. If three academic areas are selected, the student must complete no fewer than nine (9) credit hours and no less than one (1) credit hour of capstone experience. An academic area is defined by courses taught under the same prefix (e.g. BIOL, ENGL, MCOM, MICR, NRM, OM, PE, SOC, SPCM, etc.).


Program Contact

Nicole Lounsbery
Interim Dean, Graduate School

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154
Email: sdsu.distance@sdstate.edu
Website: sdstate.edu/online

SDSU Graduate Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4181
Email: gradschl@sdstate.edu
Website: sdstate.edu/graduate