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Master of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies

Gerald Masterson, Program Director
JDMorris Center, Room 413
Phone: 417-836-5005

Program description

Missouri State University offers an innovative interdisciplinary program at the Masters level for students who find that traditional master's degrees or formally-designed options do not meet their unique, creative, and professional needs or for those seeking growth and advancement within their vocations. The MSIS program allows students, in consultation with graduate faculty in the selected areas, to combine the curricula of at least two programs, to produce a well-designed and intensive program of study. MSIS students are expected to demonstrate research and writing proficiency appropriate to their career path and program emphasis.

Admission requirements

Admission to the program is based on the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university;
  2. An overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, or 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of course work, or 3.00 on a graduate transcript with at least 9 hours;
  3. Two letters of recommendation submitted from individuals able to speak to the applicant's academic and professional abilities and potential to succeed in the program;

Accelerated Master's Option Admission requirements

Exceptional Missouri State University undergraduate students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program in their junior year after admission requirements for the accelerated program have been satisfied. Candidates for this option must have junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or higher. If admitted, up to 12 hours of 600-level or 700-level courses may be designated as "mixed credit" and count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. This option gives these undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in 10 semesters and a summer.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master's program an undergraduate student must:

  1. Be admitted into the accelerated program;
  2. Receive prior approval from the MSIS advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form.

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Requirement for the Accelerated Option:

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or better;
  2. A supportive recommendation letter from the applicant's undergraduate advisor, program director, or department head;
  3. Submit a written statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue the accelerated Master's program along with the prospective plans following graduation.

Degree requirements (Minimum of 33 hours) – No more than 9 credit hours from the College of Business can count toward the degree.

Core courses
Course type Description Credit
Research methods Variety of courses available 3 hrs
Research experience Thesis, Non-Thesis Project, or Internship 3-6 hrs
Primary area course work Selected courses 12-15 hrs
Secondary area Courses taken outside primary area 12-15 hrs
Additional degree requirements
  1. Successful completion of the research or capstone experience will serve as the student's comprehensive examination.
  2. All other university and Graduate College requirements must be met for completion of a degree program.
Establishing a program committee

The MSIS committee will consist of program directors or other graduate faculty from each of the emphasis areas combined in the interdisciplinary degree along with the MSIS Program Director. This committee plans and approves individual student programs.

Additional information
  1. This program recognizes the versatile, interactive and ever-evolving world in which we live. All forms of intellectual inquiry, whether based in literature, science, education, business or the arts both influence and are influenced by each other.
  2. Students have opportunities to engage in critical thinking in and between each area.
  3. If the student elects to complete a thesis, the thesis advisor must come from the department in which the primary area coursework is completed. The thesis must follow the university thesis guide, using a secondary style guide dictated by the program of primary focus.