Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree is a flexible graduate program that allows you to design academic study around topics of interest to suit your career goals.

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is limited only by your intellectual interests. Through this program, you can combine courses from UT Dallas' seven schools or delve into an area of interest.

Program Description

A full-time student can complete the MAIS degree in one year. Part-time students should allow two years to complete this program. Internships are an encouraged part of the MAIS degree plan for academic credit.

At the conclusion of your studies, you will work with an advisor to design a capstone seminar and project. The seminar includes readings in, and discussion of, interdisciplinary theory and preparation for the research project. Your research project will lend itself to an interdisciplinary approach. To complete the project, you will synthesize information from various sources, utilizing different methodologies, and draw conclusions that present a new perspective on the topic as a result of this interdisciplinary approach.

Students must complete 36 credit hours of coursework to earn a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. This includes the following:

3 hour interdisciplinary seminar
9 hours of core courses, chosen from areas ranging from business to arts and humanities
12 hours of concentration courses from the same areas as the core
6 hours of electives
3 hour capstone seminar
3 hour research project

Career Paths

Alumni pursue a wide variety of career fields in business, industry and public service. One graduate combined her love of the arts and education in business administration to open a successful art gallery.

Another graduate melded business education with psychology and literary studies courses to build a career in private sector advertising and local government marketing.

The University's Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing post-graduate employment. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes, and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include:

• Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1000 or 295 on the new scale
• Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, with a grade point average of B or better
UT Dallas graduate application form
• Three letters of recommendation
• Narrative

Students who do not meet all of the above criteria are considered on an individual basis. A student who has a deficit in either their GRE score or grade point average may be conditionally admitted to the program.


The MAIS program accepts graduate students for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Visit for official UT Dallas deadlines.

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Fact Sheet

For more information, contact:

George W. Fair, Professor and Dean

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Becky Wiser, Academic Support Coordinator

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