Administered by the Graduate School, the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies allows students to integrate three fields of study.  

Requirements include

  • A minimum of 45 credits
  • A thesis or research paper, with at least 9 credits in each field of study.  
  • No more than 21 credit hours (excluding thesis or research paper credit) may be taken in any field unless the total program exceeds 45 credits.


A field may be a department or an area of concentration within a department. Two of the three fields may be different areas of concentration in one department. English offers two such areas:

Either of these areas combines well with a variety of other options, including history, women studies, and education.  


The term for application is dependant on whether or not English is your primary area of concentration.

  • MAIS applicants whose primary area of concentration is in English should apply for fall admission (by the same deadline that has been set for MA applications) and should submit a writing sample of no more than 8 pages.  Applicants should have had some upper-division undergraduate coursework in English.
  • MAIS applicants who choose English as a second or third field may apply for admission in any term.  We recommend that these candidates also have some upper-division undergraduate coursework in English and submit a writing sample of no more than 8 pages. 


For advising, please contact Megan Ward, Director of the MA program, if English or Writing is your primary areas of study.