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The College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Division of Multidisciplinary Programs

Michael J. Martin, Division Director and Graduate Director
Ferguson 289
Phone: (936) 468-6537
Fax: (936) 468-8240

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.) degree is designed in such a manner that students with unique interests and multi-faceted career goals can incorporate several traditional academic disciplines into a single program of study. Individual programs, created by students in direct consultation with university faculty, typically include three different disciplines, each represented with between a minimum of six and a maximum of 15 semester credit hours. This program is founded upon the understanding that in our culture there is a need for the practical interdisciplinarian—a specialist in the interrelationship of ideas and traditional disciplines.

Students in the M.I.S. program may select one of two program options; in each option, all M.I.S. students will be supervised by a committee comprised of faculty members representing each discipline in the degree and the graduate director. The format of comprehensive examinations, either written or oral, will be at the discretion of the committee members.

Thesis Option
  • Twenty-four hours of coursework
  • Six hours of thesis research and writing and thesis defense
Non-thesis Option
  • Thirty-six hours of coursework
  • Comprehensive examination