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Interdisciplinary Masters

Masters of Arts or Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

For information about the Interdisciplinary Studies program with an emphasis in Professional Chemistry, please contact Dr. Nick Flynn at 806-651-2542 or nflynn@wtamu.edu.

A traditional, single-focused graduate program will meet the needs of many students; however, if your goals and aspirations are better served by multiple fields of study, the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) may be the perfect fit for you.

The goal of the graduate IDS program is to offer a degree plan that integrates academic disciplines to spur personal growth, enhance employability, and promote innovative thinking based on the ability to approach academic questions and research problems from multiple perspectives.

The key to the WTAMU Interdisciplinary Studies program is integration. This is not a program of randomly selected classes. This is your chance to create an individualized degree plan by choosing three complementary disciplines and integrating the knowledge and skills you learn into a program that meets your personal educational and career goals.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit a Graduate School Application for Admission.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • 2.5 minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA).
  • Submit a two-page, double-spaced essay that answers the following questions:
    • What are your education and career goals?
    • How will an Interdisciplinary Studies degree help you meet these goals?
    • What three disciplines will you study?
    • What specific learning outcomes will be achieved through this program?
    • NOTE: This essay will also be treated as a formal writing sample. The quality of the writing will be considered in the admissions decision.

During the application process, the interdisciplinary studies coordinator will work with you to identify from the graduate faculty a committee chair and two committee members. This committee should be in place prior to your acceptance into the program. Additionally, a representative from the Graduate School will serve as an administrative member of your committee.

Degree Requirements

36 hours satisfying the following requirements:

  • Three different subject areas (represented by different prefixes), 12 hours from each subject area.
  • At least 24 hours completed in 6000-level courses or higher.
  • At least three hours in research methods.
  • A comprehensive exam (either oral or written) as established by the student's Interdisciplinary degree committee. This exam should be taken near completion of the student's course work. Students will apply to their committee chair to take the exam no later than the first week of the semester the student intends to graduate. The chair will then make arrangements for the exam.
  • Prerequisites: A minimum of six advanced undergraduate hours in each of the subject areas (or permission of the committee to waive this requirement).
  • Your plan of study should be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School by the completion of your first semester of coursework.
For more information, please contact
Teresa Schrock, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, 806-651-2730.
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