Jun 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A.

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The M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program helps you develop a scholarly interdisciplinary perspective that encourages intellectual growth and enhances professional competence. You’ll take a series of foundational courses in which contemporary topics and points of view are addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective. This approach bridges gaps between disciplines and allows you to study the human condition in a way that transcends traditional academic boundaries. Our highly interactive classes are offered in a variety of formats (on campus, online or a combination), and you can complete the degree while still employed.

Applying for Admission

The admissions process is concerned with the probable academic success of the student and her or his fit with the objectives of the MAIS program. Program objectives for the student include personal and professional enrichment and intellectual growth, career advancement, community involvement and leadership.

**This program is not accepting new applicants for the 2017-18 academic year**

Admission Requirements

For detailed application instructions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Marylhurst University Application for admission
  • Official, sealed transcripts from each college and university where a degree was earned.
       - Minimum GPA for graduate admission is 3.00
       - Student must have conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program
  • Statement of intent
  • Essay/writing sample
  • Recommendations (2)
  • Admissions interview with department faculty

Application Deadline and Process

Applications for admission are accepted for fall term. Completed applications are requested by August 1. Applications completed by this date will be given priority; applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Applications to the program are reviewed on two criteria: 1) applicant’s academic preparation and strength; and 2) the applicant’s degree of fit with the MAIS program. Final candidates will be interviewed by the department after the initial review of the completed application. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the admissions committee.

Coursework Prior to Admission

Students must be formally admitted to the MAIS program before beginning coursework; however, students may be granted department permission to enroll for one quarter before being admitted.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 8 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree with department approval.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies will: 

  1. Apply an interdisciplinary perspective to issues and research problems.
  2. Recognize and articulate complex or interrelated ideas and theories.
  3. Increase skills in analysis, synthesis and problem solving.
  4. Learn communication skills for both oral and written presentations.
  5. Develop advanced research and writing skills. 

Program Requirements

All coursework applied to the program must be taken for a letter grade (unless offered Pass/No Pass only).

Elective Courses - 24 credits

Students choose 24 credits of graduate-level interdisciplinary (INT) or gerontology (GER) courses. Graduate courses offered by other Marylhurst programs may be applied toward MAIS elective requirements by advisement. Electives may be focused in an area of interest such as gerontology, organizational and leadership studies, or spiritual traditions, or may be taken in a variety of areas.

NOTE: To register for a graduate course taught in a different department, students must first obtain permission from the department that is offering the course.  

Thesis Courses - 15-19 credits

Approval to enroll in the thesis sequence is not automatic. Students need department permission before they can register. The approval process includes the following:

  1. Completion of most required coursework prior to the start of thesis sequence.
  2. Submission of Intent to Enter Thesis Sequence form.
  3. Submission of sample paper selected from coursework completed in the last three terms.
  4. Interview to discuss academic readiness and potential thesis topic.
  5. The department grants approval to register.

Once approval has been obtained, students beginning the thesis sequence choose a Marylhurst faculty member who is not their thesis instructor to be a reader/content adviser (“second reader”) throughout the thesis process. The second reader must be approved by the thesis adviser.

Post-Course Requirements

  • Present the results of the thesis before a gathering of the MAIS community and interested public. In the spirit of the scholarly community, attendance of all presentations on Thesis Presentation Day is encouraged.
  • Additional course required, INT 598-4  Thesis Continuation, if student does not complete thesis in established three term sequence.
  • Submit two signed, bound print copies of final thesis and one copy on CD to the department. 

Total for the Degree: 51-55 credits

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