Learn What You Love With New Master of Arts-Integrated Studies Degree


Learn What You Love With New Master of Arts-Integrated Studies Degree

Are you looking for a graduate degree that you can tailor to your interests or your career goals? If so, the Master of Arts with a Major in Integrated Studies might be for you. 

The Master of Arts with a Major in Integrated Studies, a new graduate program offered by OU Extended Campus, was created to pave a way for students to study the things they are most passionate about. By educating students to be fluent in more than one skill set, the program sets them up for success by making them marketable in a number of career fields. Students in the program can choose from four tracks: DiversityInterdisciplinary Research MethodsVolunteerism and Social Entrepreneurship, or Self-Design.* 

“Working with their advisors, students can choose the track that’s most appealing to them. The opportunity to complete the program online allows students to keep their jobs and get a degree that’s not widely offered.” - Steve Gullberg

The 33-hour, 100% online program is a fast-paced, accelerated degree designed to accommodate working adults. It serves as an excellent complement to OU Extended Campus’ award-winning undergraduate integrative studies program.

Steve Gullberg, lead faculty for the OU Extended Campus School of Integrative and Cultural Studies, said the new program offers a variety of relevant and engaging courses and allows students to mesh their interests with their career ambitions, tailoring a degree that helps them best reach their goals.

“This is an exciting new graduate program because of how it’s structured,” Gullberg said. “Working with their advisors, students can choose the track that’s most appealing to them. The opportunity to complete the program online allows students to keep their jobs and get a degree that’s not widely offered.”

Depending on which track is chosen, students will become more effective leaders, learn the skills necessary to analyze and evaluate issues in volunteer management, become prepared to pursue an interdisciplinary doctoral program, or further their research interests. 

The interdisciplinary program combines theoretical perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities to guide students toward understanding complex problems as they enhance their research and communication skills in the areas they enjoy. Students will leave the program prepared to excel in a number of careers, including education, volunteer management, nonprofit work, social entrepreneurship, and more.

All courses are 16 weeks long. Advisors are available to help students select the number of courses to take each semester, as well as what course are most relevant to their goals and interests.

Visit the OU Extended Campus website to learn more or find out if this degree is right for you.

*The Self-Design track is highly competitive, and students must apply and be accepted into this specialized option. It’s also the only track that requires a thesis.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.