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.
The Master of Arts with a Major in Integrative Studies (MAIS) is all about meshing your interests with your career. When you’re trained in multiple disciplines with skillsets in two or more areas, you’ll find yourself more marketable in a variety of emerging fields. More importantly, the MAIS program can be customized to meet your specific career goals. The degree offers tracks in Diversity, Interdisciplinary Research Methods, Volunteerism and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Self-Design* track. You can choose the track that is most appealing to you.
*Note: Due to the customization required for the Self-Design track, only a small number of qualified applicants can be accepted into this track each year.
The Master of Arts with a Major in Integrative Studies is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individual graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree.
All fall and spring semester graduate courses in this program are sixteen weeks long. Summer session courses are eight weeks long.. Most students choose to take two courses (or six credit hours) in the spring and fall semesters and one course (or three credit hours) in the summer. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.