The Thesis Track in the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students the flexibility to develop an individually tailored plan of study using courses traditionally associated with MS 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 Science 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.|
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The Master of Science 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 MS 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
- A methods course in one of the chosen concentrations (3
Elective Courses—21 Credit Hours
Restricted Elective Courses—18 Credit Hours
Students take a
minimum of 18 credit hours in restricted electives, including two
concentrations of 9 credit hours of courses each. 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.
- Three courses in the first
concentration (9 credit hours)
- Three courses in the second
concentration (9 credit hours)
Unrestricted Elective Course—3
- 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
Independent LearningThe thesis serves as the independent learning experience. In addition, the required methods course introduces students to research methodology that they will apply to independent research work, and IDS 6308 acquaints students with interdisciplinarity through the use of student-driven analyses, discussions and presentations.
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.
- 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.
- Three letters of
recommendation (prefer academic references).
program of study identifying the two concentrations and potential
courses the student would take if admitted.
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.