Interdisciplinary Studies Degree - Graduate
Interdisciplinary Studies Master's Degree
Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS)
is a program available to UAA students at the undergraduate and graduate level.
The Interdisciplinary program provides flexibility to students with
well-defined goals that do not fit into one of the established graduate majors
offered by UAA. Students who are interested in creating their own
Master's degree program by combining course work in more than one discipline
have the responsibility to design the program, organize a committee of faculty
members to serve as advisers and make sure that it conforms to rigorous
The proposed program must differ significantly from and may not substitute for
an existing UAA graduate degree program and must be "homed" in a current graduate degree program. The student may select no more than
one half of his/her program credits from one existing graduate degree program.
For advising on this degree option, please contact the Graduate School.
Procedure for developing Interdisciplinary program
A student who has received a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and, whose
credentials indicate the ability to pursue graduate work, may develop an
Interdisciplinary Studies major. The
proposed program must differ significantly from and, may not substitute for, an
existing UAA graduate degree program. The student may select no more than one
half of the program credits from one existing graduate degree program, and
courses must come from two or more disciplines (i.e., subjects). In addition to
the University Requirements for Graduate Degrees, students must comply with the
The student submits a University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate Application for Admission
(Interdisciplinary Studies Major) with the appropriate fee to the Office of
Admissions. The application will be reviewed by the Graduate School for
determination of acceptance to graduate study.
- The student invites a faculty member to chair their graduate studies
committee and to serve as the student's graduate adviser. The chair shall
normally be a full-time faculty member from a graduate degree program. The chair must agree to serve and must
be approved by the Graduate School Dean or designee. The student may invite a faculty member to co-chair the committee from a baccalaureate degree program.
- The student proposes a graduate studies committee of at least three
faculty members (including the chair) from the appropriate academic
disciplines. The committee members and chair must represent all concentration
areas of 9 credits or more. The committee members must agree to serve and be
approved by the Graduate School Dean or designee.
- The student develops a proposed interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
Plan specifying the degree (MA/MS) and title or concentration. In developing
this proposal, the student should review all graduate degree policies and
procedures. To receive an Interdisciplinary Studies Master's Degree from UAA,
the student must incorporate into his or her proposal all University Requirements
for Graduate Degrees and any school or college requirements applicable. Of the
minimum 30 credits required for the master's degree, a minimum of 21 credits
must be drawn from existing 600-level courses. Additional coursework, including leveling courses that are not on the Graduate Studies Plan (GSP), may be required by
the committee. The graduate committee may also require a master's thesis or
- The student presents the proposed Graduate Studies Plan (GSP) to the
committee and chair(s) for preliminary review and approval. If the committee and
chair(s) support the Graduate Studies Plan (GSP), it will be forwarded to the Graduate School Dean or
designee for approval in consultation with affected graduate programs.Research, thesis, and project credits must be drawn from the home program.
- Students work with their advisers and graduate committees to ensure
that satisfactory progress is made toward completing degree requirements.
Students are expected to be continuously registered throughout their graduate
program (see Continuous Registration).
- The student must complete all requirements established in the official
Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Plan, and must pass a written and/or oral
comprehensive examination, an evaluation of independent scholarship, and/or a
project or thesis defense or similar final evaluation as established by the
program. The examination, evaluation or defense must be approved by all
graduate committee members as passing the requirement and by the dean of the
Graduate School or designee. All theses and projects must have final approval
by the dean or designee of the Graduate School.
- When an oral comprehensive examination, evaluation of independent
scholarship, or project or thesis defense is required, the student may select
an outside reviewer approved by the dean or designee of the Graduate School to
participate and ensure that the evaluation, examination or defense is fair and
appropriate. Typically the outside reviewer is a faculty member from another
department in the university or another qualified individual in the area in
which the student is seeking a degree.
- During the semester of the project or thesis defense or similar final
evaluation, the student must apply for graduation in a timely fashion. The
diploma will indicate that it is an interdisciplinary degree, as well as the
- All theses
and projects must meet formatting requirements as established by the Graduate