2021 - 2022 Graduate Bulletin


Interdisciplinary Studies

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree is an interdisciplinary degree designed to 1) accommodate students with needs that are not met by existing programs, 2) recognize that current employment opportunities as well as future ones may not be structured around existing departments or degree programs, 3) provide flexibility and innovation, 4) recognize the needs of people who have been out of school for longer periods of time and have special occupational or vocational situations, and 5) assist students who want to change their field of study from that of their baccalaureate degree.

Individualized programs must be based in departments that currently offer master's degree programs or graduate courses.

The general regulations governing graduate education at NMU will apply to this program (e.g., transfer credit policies, time limitation requirements, grade point average for graduation, and credit requirements). Students are admitted to the graduate school conditionally until an approved plan of study is on file.

The plan of study must be approved by the advisor(s) and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research before the plan may be initiated. No more than eight semester credit hours taken before the plan of study has been approved will be accepted.

Program Specific Admission Requirements:

  • Letter of Intent
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • ​​​​​​​Resume or C.V.

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  • Total Credits Required for Degree

  • Plan of Study Core Courses
  • Graduate coursework in a primary discipline
  • Graduate coursework in a secondary discipline
  • Electives
  • Up to 8 hours in electives approved by the advisor
  • Capstone
  • Must complete a capstone project approved by the advisor

Program Requirements:

    1)    The proposed master’s degree must equal at least 32 semester hours excluding any deficiency credits.
    2)    The student must develop a plan of study with an advisor that has been approved for graduate faculty status from his/her primary department. 
    3)    Secondary disciplines (departments/divisions) are defined as those disciplines in which eight semester hours of course work are proposed at the master’s level.
    4)    The student must be eligible to take courses in both the primary and secondary disciplines and/or take all prerequisite course work to become eligible.  
    5)    The student must complete a graduate capstone project which may be a thesis, a graduate research project, internship, portfolio or exhibit.
    6)    The plan of study and any modifications that may become necessary will be sent to the College of Graduate Studies and Research for approval.
    7)    All programs are subject to approval by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Other requirements:

  • No more than 12 credit hours of directed study.
  • Minimum of 18 credit hours of 500 level course work.
  • No courses older than 7 years old at the time of graduation
  • At least 16 semester credits must be NMU credits

Students transferring to the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program from another NMU graduate program must not have completed more than 8 credit hours from the program in which they were admitted.  Also, students must not have any graduate course with a grade lower than a B and otherwise be in good standing.