Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) is a unique program at The University of Texas at Dallas and unique in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Our program combines a solid academic core with student-selected concentration areas, thereby enabling students to incorporate and integrate various academic disciplines, theories, and methodologies. With the aid of the MAIS faculty advisor, each MAIS student designs an individualized course of study that best suits their interests as well as their academic and professional goals, and may incorporate traditional academic courses as well as internships and independent study options.

The MAIS degree program concludes with a two-semester Master’s project,  completed via the Capstone Seminar (MAIS 5302) and Research Project (MAIS 5303). The Master’s 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 which 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. Students can choose from one of the following degree plan options.

Degree Plan

The MAIS degree plan includes at least 36 credit hours, including the following 12 hours of core requirements:

  • MAIS 5300 Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • MAIS 5321 Library Research Skills
  • MAIS 5302 Capstone Seminar
  • MAIS 5303 Research Project

For the remaining credit hours, students choose one or two of the concentration areas described below.

  • American Studies
  • Area & Regional Studies (The Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, The Middle East, etc.)
  • Arts Management
  • Diversity Studies
  • Environmental Studies & Sustainability
  • Healthcare Studies
  • Professional Communication & Leadership

Students may also, in consultation with their faculty advisor, create their own unique concentration area. In addition, MAIS students may choose to formulate a concentration area by pursuing one of the many graduate-level certificate programs available at UT-Dallas.

Examples of the degree plan options for the MAIS degree are below.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1000 or 295 on the new scale that is no older than two years at the time of application submission
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, with a grade point average of B or better (minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • UT Dallas graduate application form
  • Three letters of academic/professional recommendation
  • Graduate Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words, double spaced, describing academic background and interest, relevant career and extracurricular activities, and motivation for seeking a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies

Students who do meet 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 Graduate Admissions for official UT Dallas deadlines.

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Catalog Information
Information about financial aid


Ahnna Peavey
Administrative Services Officer
Graduate Program
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Dr. Jillian Duquaine-Watson
MAIS Program Head
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