College of Humanities and Social Sciences


This concentration is for students who wish to design a graduate program to meet the special needs of their careers and life plans. Students usually choose this option because traditional graduate programs do not meet their specific goals. Students, with help from their faculty advisor, design a unique program of study that includes courses from several academic departments.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

Students have access to most graduate courses offered by Mason but must meet all course prerequisites. Each student must submit a curriculum contract approved by the student’s advisor and director during the first semester enrolled. Any subsequent amendments must have the approval of the student’s advisor and the director.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar Credits: 1

Disciplinary focus (12 to 18 credits)

Students must complete minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits in one discipline.

Complementary discipline (9 to 18 credits)

Students take 9-18 credits in complementary disciplines. These require the approval of faculty advisor and MAIS director.

Research methods (3 credits)

Students take a research methods course approved by faculty advisor and MAIS director.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal Credits: 1

Project (1 to 4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project Credits: 1-5 (minimum of 1 credit) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Credits: 1-5 (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 Credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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