College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Amber Duffey

Amber Duffey, 2015

Serving Mason student organizations

Engaged college students are more successful college students. Through her work in Mason's office of student involvement, Amber Duffey is helping students connect to the life of the university.

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Nicollette Williams

Nicollette Williams, 2014

Graduate Admissions Specialist

Nicollette graduated from the MAIS Higher Education Program in December of 2014. Nicollette made the most of the MAIS program by getting involved in the Mason community. She met student affairs professionals and faculty that became her mentors throughout the program. Since graduating, Nicollette has continued with her passion for assisting students and currently works in the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Guilbert Brown

Guilbert Brown, 2013


Mr. Brown is a 2013 MAIS Graduate with a Concentration in Higher Education. He co-authored the book, SEM and Institutional Success: Integrating Enrollment, Finance and Student Access (AACRAO Publishing, 2008) and contributed a chapter on financial aid to another AACRAO book: Strategic Enrollment Management: Transforming Higher Education. His advice to prospective and current Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies students is to "be diligent."

Sara Haq

Sara Haq, 2012

Redefining the transformation in women’s studies through nontraditional channels.

Sarah Haq is now continuing her research in Sufism, South Asia and Islamic Feminism as she pursues her PhD in Women's Studies.

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Shannyn Snyder

Shannyn Snyder, 2010

In 2010, Shannyn Snyder received her master of arts in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on anthropology and global health. After a brief introduction to water scarcity in a global issues course, she realized that she wanted to focus on water and global health, but no such specific program existed at Mason. With the help of the MAIS program, she found out she could connect water, health and culture in the individualized concentration. Now, she's returned to Mason for her PhD to continue this work.

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