What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree is a flexible graduate program that allows you to design academic study around topics of interest to suit your career goals. Through this program, you can combine courses from across the UT Dallas campus or delve into one or more concentration areas.

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program combines a solid academic core with student selected concentration areas, thereby enabling students to incorporate and integrate various academic disciplines, theories, and methodologies. With the aid of the MAIS program head, each MAIS student designs an individualized course of study that best suits their interests as well as their academic and professional goals, and may incorporate traditional academic courses as well as internships and independent study options.

The MAIS degree program concludes with a two-semester Master’s project, completed via the Capstone Seminar (MAIS 5302) and Research Project (MAIS 5303). The Master’s project will lend itself to an interdisciplinary approach. To complete the project, you will synthesize information from various sources, utilizing different methodologies, and draw conclusions which present a new perspective on the topic as a result of this interdisciplinary approach.

Which department am I in?

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Study options

Full Time (36 semester credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$29,796.00 per year
International Student Special Services Fee: USD $100
Start date

Expected January 2022


School of Interdisciplinary Studies

800 West Campbell Road,



75080, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: A score of 550 on TOEFL paper based test; English 112 (provided by ELS Language Centers): Pass. PTE score of 67.

For international students

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

GPA: Minimum grade point average of B (3.0) required.

English proficiency requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (Internet-based test) Minimum score: 80

TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) Minimum score: 550

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum score: 6.5

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) Minimum score: 67

Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center

Duolingo English Test Minimum score: 105

Application Deadlines: Fall term - January 15 (Early), May 1 (Regular); Spring term - May 15 (Early), October 1 (Regular).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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