Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree is a flexible graduate program that allows you to design academic study around topics of interest to suit your career goals. Through this program, you can combine courses from across the UT Dallas campus or delve into one or more concentration areas.

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) 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 program head, 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.

Career Options


Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

GPA: Minimum grade point average of B (3.0) required.

Test score required: Yes

Verbal plus quantitative minimum GRE score of 295.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

A statement of purpose which should include the following:

  • Two to three pages in length
  • Description of academic background and interests
  • Relevant career and extracurricular activities
  • Motivation for seeking a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.