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