Thesis This is a Track

College : Graduate Studies Degree :MA
Department : Interdisciplinary Studies Option : Thesis
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The Thesis 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 research thesis, which provides excellent preparation for a future doctoral degree or a research-oriented career.


The Thesis Track in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program requires 33 credit hours, including 6 credit hours of required courses, 18 credit hours of restricted electives, 3 credit hours of an unrestricted elective, and 6 credit hours of thesis research.
Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

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.

Course 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 the master's degree.

Required Courses—6 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6308 Ways of Knowing (3 credit hours)
  • A methods course in one of the chosen concentrations (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—21 Credit Hours 

Course and concentration selections are done in consultation with and with approval of the program director or academic coordinator, as well as with the student’s faculty adviser and thesis committee.

Restricted Elective Courses—18 Credit Hours

Students take at least 9 credit hours of courses in each of two concentrations for a total of 18 credit hours.

  • Electives in the first concentration (9 credit hours)
  • Electives in the second concentration (9 credit hours)

Unrestricted Elective Course—3 Credit Hours

  • Unrestricted elective (3 credit hours)

Thesis—6 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Students should select a faculty adviser and form a thesis committee of two additional members by their third semester in the program. Before officially beginning work on the thesis, the student must submit a thesis proposal to the committee for approval. This proposal must cover the thesis topic and plan of approach. By the end of their degree, students will complete 6 credit hours of thesis and successfully defend their thesis. The thesis consists of a common theme with an introduction and literature review, details of the study, and results and conclusions. The thesis must be prepared and submitted in writing as well as presented and defended orally. 

Independent Learning

The thesis serves as the independent learning experience. In addition, the required methods course introduces students to research methodology that they will apply to their independent research work, and IDS 6308 acquaints them with interdisciplinarity through the use of student-driven analyses, discussions and presentations.

Application Requirements

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 provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years. 
  • Personal 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.
  • Résumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation (prefer academic references).
  • Proposed program of study identifying the two concentrations and potential courses the student would take if admitted. 

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. 

Application Deadlines

Thesis *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*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.