Master of Arts in Integrative Studies

Master of Arts in Integrative Studies


Integrative Studies is a multidisciplinary field of study that allows you to study the things you’re most passionate about. Combining theoretical perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities, the Integrative Studies program teaches you to understand complex problems, while enhancing your research and communications skills. You’ll develop the ability to think critically, research complex problems and write about these problems using graduate level academic writing standards. When you’re trained in multiple disciplines with skill sets in two or more areas, you’ll find yourself more marketable in a variety of emerging fields. 

 Quick Facts

Credit Hours: 33

Duration: 24 months

Start Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Tuiton: $22,605 ($685/credit hour)*


Degree Details

The Master of Arts with a Major in Integrative Studies (MAIS) is all about meshing your interests with your career. All fall and spring semester courses in this program are 16 weeks long. Summer session courses are eight weeks long. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 

The MAIS program can be customized to meet your specific career goals. The degree offers the following four tracks so you can choose the track that is most appealing to you:

  • Archaeoastronomy Track
  • Diversity Track
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods Track
  • Self-Design Track*

*Note: The Self-Design track is for the study of a topic not available elsewhere. Due to the individually tailored custom course development that is required for the Self-Design track, the program is highly selective for exceptional students with strong academic backgrounds. The proposed topic of study must be deemed to be supportable for development by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. No transfer credits are allowed, and the writing of a master’s thesis is required. This track has very limited admissions.

What You'll Learn

  • How to understand and interpret information for research purposes
  • An understanding of the fundamental concepts of research
  • Cultural communication in leadership and its intersection with race, gender, sexuality and economics
  • How to analyze critical research texts, expanding your creative thought and insight
  • How to assess an organization’s volunteer needs and mobilize volunteers to meet goals
  • How indigenous astronomy has been used in First Nations in the United States and Canada

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Tuition and Fees - An Investment in Your Future

Online programs are an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

The MAIS program tuition is $22,605 ($685/credit hour).*

 *Program rate is pending approval by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

**Oklahoma residents applying for the Spring or Summer 2022 semester will receive a one-semester partial tuition waiver.


Getting Started: Admissions Requirements

STEP ONE: Complete Online Application Form

You can start an online application here. As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application.

STEP TWO: Provide Your Supporting Materials

The online MAIS program requires the following supporting materials:

  • Statement of Purpose: A 300-500 word statement describing your career goals and how the chosen degree program aligns with those goals. The statement should also address educational history, including any disparity in undergraduate GPA, and significant life events leading to the decision to apply to graduate school.
  • Current Resume: Formatted in a professional manner, highlighting past work experience and education.
  • Last Degree Conferring Transcript: Must be uploaded into the online application with the rest of your materials.

Once all required materials have been received, your application file will be sent to our Admissions Committee.

STEP THREE: Review and Evaluation

The review process takes two to three weeks and admitted students will receive communication as soon as an official decision has been rendered. Post-acceptance next steps will be provided to admitted students at this time.


No one knows more about what you want from a university than the people who have already gone through the process—our graduates. Read what our alumni have to say about our programs, and you’ll see why so many nontraditional students choose the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies as their first step toward a better career.




OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies Professor Steve Gullberg
Leading development of global educational programs 

"I see great synergies between this and what I want to do globally with our future OU Archaeoastronomy program. There's significant demand for archaeoastronomy degree programs around the world, and OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies will fulfill this thourgh high-quality distance learning.”

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