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Individualized Studies Concentration

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 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate course work in one of the concentrations below. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their faculty adviser and the director. 

Courses applied to the degree are subject to the following restrictions: a maximum of 6 credits may be earned through independent study or directed readings and research courses; a maximum of 6 credits may be taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; a maximum of 15 credits may be transfer credits; a maximum of 6 of the transfer credits may be from other accredited institutions.

Transfer credits include credits taken before first enrolling as an admitted degree-seeking student (at another institution, in another Mason graduate program, or in Mason nondegree status) or credits taken at another institution after admission to the degree program through study abroad or study elsewhere (which requires prior written approval of the director and the dean). Additional information may be found in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis. Students are required to take MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar (1 credit), MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal (1 credit), and either MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (1-4 credits) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (3-4 credits). Students electing to complete the concentration in community college teaching with a thesis will complete 38 credits.

◊ Individualized Concentration (IND)

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.

Students have access to most graduate courses offered by Mason but must meet all course prerequisites.  Each student must submit a curriculum worksheet 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

Disciplinary focus (12 to 18 credits)

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

Complementary disciplines (9 to 18 credits)

Students take 9-18 courses 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

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

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

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

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