Interdisciplinary Studies, MS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2019-2020. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Thesis Option

Total Hours: 30 Hours

6 Hours of Thesis6
Hours Subtotal6
Other Requirements
Select 24 hours based on plan of study:24
Hours Subtotal24
Total Hours30

Non-Thesis Option

Total Hours: 32 Hours

Required Coursework
Select no more than 3 hours of research with a grade of “SR.”1-3
Select courses based on plan of study29-31
Total Hours32

Interdisciplinary Studies, MS, Requirements

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is for students who wish to increase their competence in a particular thematic area by taking a series of courses in several disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach provides educational opportunities leading to a variety of careers. The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies requires a minimum of two separate fields of study. The advisory committee will assist the student in formulating the Plan of Study.

Admission Requirements.

An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00 is required for unqualified admission. Students with a grade-point average between 2.50 and 3.00 may be admitted on a probationary basis.

Applications to the program should include:

  1. a cover letter indicating the personal goals and professional objectives to be obtained from the program;
  2. transcripts from all schools previously attended;
  3. three letters of recommendation from persons who can describe abilities, interest, and motivation as a student;
  4. a proposed course of study with an endorsement from an OSU faculty adviser.

Particular courses are not specified for the degree; the advisory committee can assist in selecting appropriate courses. The course of study must include at least 21 credit hours at the graduate level (5000 or above). Up to nine graduate hours can be transferred from a regionally-accredited graduate program with consent of the advisory committee. The student chooses one of master's degree plans:

  1. a 30-hour plan, including a six-hour research thesis;
  2. a 32-hour plan, which may include no more than three hours of research with a grade of “SR.”  May include a culminating experience (e.g., final report, internship, practicum, comprehensive exam, and portfolio or capstone project)

General Graduate College Requirements

  • A minimum Grade-Point-Average of 3.00 is required
  • A minimum Grade of "C" is required in all degree applicable courses
  • No courses utilizing the Pass-No Pass grading system are permitted
  • GRAD 5082 or GRAD 5092 may not be used to meet degree requirements

Additional Graduate College Masters Degree Requirements

Plan I (coursework with thesis)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours
    • A minimum of 24 coursework credit hours comprised of:
      • 6 research or creative component credit hours
      • 21 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer hours with "B" or better)
      • 21 credit hours at 5000- or 6000-level

Plan II (coursework without thesis)

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours
    • A maximum of 3 credit hours of research or creative component
    • A minimum of 23 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer credit hours with "B" or better)
    • A minimum of 21 credit hours at the 5000- or 6000-level