The Nonthesis Track in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students the flexibility to develop an individually tailored plan of study using courses traditionally associated with MA degrees. This track can combine a variety of concentrations and culminates in a comprehensive examination or a capstone project. The program is designed to help students prepare for applied, non-research oriented careers.
|The Nonthesis Track in the Interdisciplinary Studies MA program requires 33 credit hours, including 9 credit hours of required courses and 24 credit hours of restricted electives. The elective courses focus on the student's chosen concentrations and culminate in a capstone experience of either a written comprehensive examination or a project.|
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The Master of Arts in
Interdisciplinary Studies program is designed for students interested in an
interdisciplinary experience who develop concentrations for their plan of
study through courses traditionally associated with MA degrees.
work must be selected so that at least 50 percent of credit hours in the
program are taken at the 6000 level. Students must earn course grades of "B"
or higher to gain credit toward their master's degree.
Courses—9 Credit Hours
- IDS 6308 Ways of Knowing (3 credit
- IDS 6351 Critical Thinking and Writing (3 credit hours)
- A methods course in one of the chosen concentrations (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—24 Credit Hours
Students take a minimum of 24
credit hours of electives, including two concentrations of 9 credit hours
of restricted electives and 6 credit hours of unrestricted electives. The
additional electives can be from either concentration or a third area that
supports the capstone project or intended use of the degree. Course and
concentration selections are done in consultation with and with
approval from the program director or academic coordinator.
Elective Courses- 18 Credit Hours
- Three courses in the first
concentration (9 credit hours)
- Three courses in the second
concentration (9 credit hours)
Unrestricted Elective Courses- 6
- Two additional elective courses (6 credit
Students choose to complete either a
written comprehensive examination or a project as their capstone
experience. The written examination will entail the selection of an exam
committee of three faculty that will formulate questions to address both
concentration areas. The student will have 48 hours to complete the take home
exam and it should be completed in their final semester of enrollment. The
exam will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
The capstone project
should also reflect a combination of the two concentrations in the degree
by finding an applied policy area, special topic, or issue that crosses
both areas. Some examples of project types include: writing a grant
proposal for an agency, program evaluation and recommendations, or a "best
practices" literature review in a particular area. Students must choose two
advisors for the project- one from each concentration area. The project
will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.
The program is designed to provide numerous
independent learning opportunities. The required methods course will
introduce students to research methodology that they will apply to independent
research/capstone work. IDS 6308 acquaints students with
interdisciplinarity through the use of student-driven analyses,
discussions and presentations. IDS 6351 involves students in verbal and
written discussions, analyses and critiques of work they create and from
the published literature.
Additionally, the completion of either
the exam or project will require independent learning that will be
evaluated by faculty in the specified disciplines.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed
envelope) from each college/university attended.
statement addressing the following three items: (a.) Description of the two
intended concentrations, (b.) What problems or issues are addressed by
combining these concentrations, and (c.) What contribution(s) can the
interdisciplinary combination make to society, a field of study, etc.
- Three letters of recommendation (prefer academic
program of study identifying the two concentrations and potential courses
the student would take if admitted.
- Applicants applying to this
program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must
provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation.
Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or
Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Applicants should note the minimal requirements
for admission to the program, although meeting minimum UCF admission criteria
does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation
of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of
this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals,
and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.