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 capstone experience. The precision program is designed to help students prepare for applied, non-research oriented careers.
This is an excellent program for a number of endeavors appropriate for the twenty-first century. By combining the knowledge from two disciplines, supported by cross-disciplinary electives, students are able to precisely define their own area of expertise. This unique option is ideal for students who have varied interests that can be connected by a common theme or goal.
9 Total Credits
- Complete all of the following
- Complete the following:
- IDS6308 - Ways of Knowing (3)
- Earn at least 3 credits from the following types of courses: A critical thinking and writing course in one of the chosen concentrations or in an area that supports the plan of study.
- Earn at least 3 credits from the following types of courses: A research methods course in one of the chosen concentrations or in an area that supports the plan of study
24 Total Credits
- Complete all of the following
- Students take a minimum of 24 credit hours of electives, including two concentrations of 9 credit hours each of restricted electives and 6 credit hours of unrestricted electives. The unrestricted electives can be from either concentration or additional areas that support the capstone project or intended use of the degree. Students who choose one of the pre-approved concentrations such as Diversity and Inclusion or Project Management can choose courses from those course listings on our website. Those students do not need to list 2 concentrations. Course and concentration selections are done in consultation with and with approval from the program director or academic coordinator. Coursework must be selected so that at least 50 percent of credit hours in the program is taken at the 6000 level. Students must earn course grades of "B" or higher to gain credit toward their master's degree.Restricted Elective Courses
- Complete all of the following Unrestricted Elective Courses
- Earn at least 9 credits from the following types of courses: Three courses in the first concentration.
- Earn at least 9 credits from the following types of courses: Three courses in the second concentration.
- Earn at least 6 credits from the following types of courses: Two additional elective courses.
0 Total Credits
- Students choose to complete a project, an internship, or a written comprehensive examination as their capstone experience. The capstone project should 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 three advisers for the project, one from each concentration area and one from any supporting discipline. The project will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Students who feel an internship will best support their plan of study and professional goals will enroll in IDS 5949 Co-op Interdisciplinary Study (0 credits) and IDS 6949 Co-op Interdisciplinary Study (3 credits) after locating an acceptable internship host site, with the approval of the program coordinator. The written examination will entail the selection of an exam committee of three faculty who will formulate questions to address both concentration areas. The student will have 48 hours to choose 2 of the 3 questions and complete the take-home exam. The exam should be completed in the student’s final semester of enrollment. The exam will be graded on a pass/fail basis. If the student does not pass both questions with a 70% or higher, the student will have two additional chances to retake the exam with new questions. The exam can be taken only once per semester. If the student must retake the exam, the student must enroll in IDS 6999 Graduation Requirement to remain active in the program.
0 Total Credits
- 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. The required critical thinking and writing course involves students in verbal and written discussions, analyses, and critiques of work they create and from the published literature. Additionally, the completion of the capstone experience will require independent learning that will be evaluated by faculty in the specified disciplines.
Grand Total Credits: 33
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.
- The GRE is not required for admission to this program.
- 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).
- Proposed 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 Josef 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.
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.