What will I learn?

The MA degree in interdisciplinary studies offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is an innovative program that allows students to combine the study of two or more disciplines.

Founded on the conviction that solving problems in the 21st century often requires an interdisciplinary approach, this flexible program provides exposure to a variety of research methods, historical perspectives and modes of inquiry.

The program offers access to faculty members who are active practitioners of interdisciplinary inquiry. Working with the faculty, students may define their own area of emphasis or adopt an existing area within the humanities and social sciences.

The skills and knowledge that students acquire can be directed toward doctoral study or professional goals in any enterprise that engages in research or education, ranging from advertising and marketing, nonprofit leadership, and media production to museum curatorship, community college teaching, and leading-edge entrepreneurship.

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours including the required capstone course (MAS 585)

Required Core (9 credit hours)

MAS 502 Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Studies (3)

MAS 505 Theories of Change, Culture, and Mind (3)

MAS 501 Methods for Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)

Focus Area (15-18 credit hours)

Electives (0-3 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)

MAS 585 Capstone Course (3)

Additional Curriculum Information

For the focus area coursework, students work with a faculty mentor to select 15 to 18 credit hours of graduate-level coursework that reflect a particular area of specialty or interest.

Students can select three credit hours of a graduate-level elective in order to reach the required 30 credit hours for the degree program.

Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved focus area coursework and electives.

Which department am I in?

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,200.00 per year
Start date

20 August 2020


West Campus

4701 West Thunderbird Road,



85306, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country. You must have maintained a “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade point average (GPA) in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework. If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements your application may still be considered.

For international students

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in applicable master's degree program.

English proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Score of at least 550 (pBT) or 80 (iBT); International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall band score of the academic test of at least 6.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of at least 60.