Interdisciplinary Studies

School of Urban and Public Affairs

 

Web www.uta.edu/fortworth/degrees/msints/description.php

Email topham@uta.edu

Phone 817.272.5908

 

1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Graduate Advisors

Megan Topham   |   Phone 817.272.5988   |   Box 19700

Interdisc Stud MS NT Sustainability

Mike West   |   Phone 817.272.3004   |   Box 19377

Interdisc Stud MS NT Sustainability

Department Information

Courses

Objective

Admission to the MS Sustainability Track

Degree Requirements for MS in Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainabilty Track

Degree Requirements for other Interdisciplinary Studies MA and MS Degrees

 

Objective

The purpose of the graduate Interdisciplinary Studies (INTS) degree is to allow individuals to pursue studies in multiple disciplines, to upgrade their formal education in their fields of specialization, and to develop professional skills. INTS is primarily intended for persons who have developed careers or vocations since the baccalaureate degree and who have clearly articulated academic and professional goals.

Only the MS in Interdisciplinary Studies-Sustainability Track is accepting new applicants.

Other options under the Interdisciplinary Studies MA/MS program are temporarily not accepting new applications for admission or changes of program to pursue them while the program structure and curriculum requirements are reevaluated. Students seeking readmission to the INTS program should consult the INTS Graduate Advisor before making application. Individuals currently admitted to the program will be able to continue to work toward their degrees. We anticipate accepting applications in the near future.

MS in Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability Track

The M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies cohort program in Sustainability is accepting new applications. This program is offered at UT Arlington's Fort Worth Center, located at 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Interdisciplinary Studies - Other MA and MS Programs

While presently closed to new admissions, the other MA and MS degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies differs from other UT Arlington graduate programs in two ways: it is intended primarily for in-career professionals, and it stresses interdisciplinary curricula and scholarship. These differences are reflected in the admissions requirements for two items (see 2 and 3 below) not typically requested by other UT Arlington graduate programs. In reaching admissions decisions, all five criteria are considered together. No single factor will eliminate a prospective student from consideration.

In order for their applications to be processed, prospective students should submit all required materials and scores before Graduate School deadlines (i.e., official transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate School, Professional Goal Statement, Tentative Program of Work, and recommendations to the Graduate Advisor/Coordinator).

Because of the differences between Interdisciplinary Studies and other graduate degree programs at UT Arlington and elsewhere, it is extremely important for prospective students to meet with the Graduate Advisor/Coordinator BEFORE submitting admissions materials.

Admission to the MS Sustainability Track

Admissions Changes Effective August 2011 >>

In order for their applications to be processed, prospective students should submit all required materials and scores before Graduate School deadlines (i.e., official transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate School, Professional Goal Statement, and recommendations to the Graduate Advisor/Coordinator). In reaching admissions decisions, all criteria are considered together. No single factor will eliminate a prospective student from consideration.

Because of the differences between Interdisciplinary Studies and other graduate degree programs at U.T. Arlington and elsewhere, it is extremely important for prospective students to meet with the Graduate Advisor/Coordinator BEFORE submitting admissions materials.

Unconditional Admission

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of work toward the bachelor's degree.
  2. A Professional Goal Statement: a short narrative that establishes a clear relationship between the applicant's academic and career goals and his or her Tentative Program of Work.
  3. Acceptable scores on the GRE. If the applicant's proposed Program of Work indicates a quantitative focus, the applicant would be expected to score a minimum of 500 on the quantitative portion. If the focus is verbal, the applicant would be expected to score a minimum of 500 on the verbal portion. For example, if the focus is interdisciplinary business administration and applicant submits a GMAT score, applicant would be expected to score a minimum of 500 and/or an equivalent percentile range of the GRE scores expected for the quantitative and verbal focuses.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or, when appropriate, from professional supervisors.

 

Probationary Admission

If applicants meet any 3 of the 4 requirements for Unconditional Admission, then they can be granted Probationary Admission status. Students on academic probation must make no grade lower than a "B" in the first 12 hours of their graduate work in order to stay in the program.

Deficiency Courses

Applicants who went to pursue a graduate Interdisciplinary Studies degree, but do not have the necessary background to begin the course of study outlined in their Goals Statement and Program of Work, will be required to take from one to four undergraduate courses in which they can make no grade lower than a "B." These courses provide the necessary background for pursuing the graduate degree, but will not be counted for graduate degree.

Deferred Admission

If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of meeting requirements for Unconditional or Probationary Admission, the admission decision may be deferred. The applicant, in consultation with the Graduate Advisor/Coordinator, can resubmit revised material for reconsideration (for example, a rewritten Professional Goal Statement). To minimize the possibility of Deferred Admission and having to resubmit material, applicants should consult with the Graduate Advisor/Coordinator before applying. See the Graduate Catalog for more information on Deferred Admission.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission to the graduate Interdisciplinary Studies program are granted if the the application file is incomplete but the submitted documentation suggests the student would be admissible unconditionally or on probation if the remaining material is satisfactory. Applicants admitted provisionally must submit missing documentation as soon as possible.

Denial

Typically, failure to meet two or more of the requirements for Unconditional Admission will result in denial of admission.

Degree Requirements for MS in Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainabilty Track

The INTS M.S. Degree in Sustainability requires 36 hours of specified coursework. Courses are offered on Tuesday evenings from 6-10pm and Saturdays from 8-2pm at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center. The twelve courses are normally taken in the following sequence (subject to change):

FALL

SUST 5301 Sustainability Issues Seminar I

INTS 5312 Geographic Information Systems

INTS 5313 Quantitative Methods

INTS 5314 Budgeting & Asset Management

WINTER

SUST 5304 Sustainability Project Studio A

SPRING

SUST 5302 Sustainability Issues Seminar II

INTS 5316 Grant Writing

INTS 5315 Evaluation Research

INTS 5311 Social Networking & Communication Strategies

MAYMESTER

SUST 5305 Sustainability Project Studio B

SUMMER

SUST 5303 Sustainability Issues Seminar III

SUST 5307 Internship in Sustainability

Internship Substitute Option

Design, conduct and complete a supervised research project, an effort equivalent in scope to three (3) hours of graduate research-oriented courses, that is highly relevant to the student's intended future professional focus in lieu of a working residence; the project will be supervised by at least one member of the faculty of the degree program.

MA and MS Degree Options other than the sustainability track

The INTS student may select from three program options: 1) The Thesis option requires 24 semester hours of courses, which includes INTS 5301 Interdisciplinary Process, at the beginning of program, and concludes with INTS 5698 Interdisciplinary Thesis 2) The Thesis Substitute option requires 30 semester hours of coursework which includes INTS 5301 Interdisciplinary Process at the beginning of the program, and concludes with INTS 5393 Interdisciplinary Thesis Substitute, followed by INTS 5193 Masters Comprehensive Examination 3) The Non-Thesis option requires 36 semester hours of coursework which includes the INTS 5301 Interdisciplinary Process at the beginning of the program, and concludes with INTS 5193 Master's Comprehensive Examination.

The Program of Work

The INTS program allows the student great flexibility in designing a Program of Work to meet specific professional and educational goals. Designing the Program of Work involves the following:

  • Identifying coursework in a minimum of two disciplines
  • Consulting with the graduate Academic Advisor (first) and the Advisors in disciplines from which the student plans to take two or more courses.
  • Limiting the number of hours from a particular discipline to half of the hours (excluding INTS 5301) required by the program option chosen. For example, the Thesis Substitute option involving 30 hours of coursework limits the number of hours from a particular discipline to 15, whereas the limit is 18 in the Non-Thesis option. Note: This 50 Percent Rule applies to all coursework taken in the College of Business.
  • Including foundation or leveling courses, if required by an Academic Advisor, may be included in the Program of Work provided that these Graduate Foundation courses in the College of Business Administration are considered equivalent to advanced undergraduate courses and apply toward the nine-hour minimum.
  • There is no foreign language requirement. In appropriate cases, however, the Program Advisor may recommend , and/or the student's Graduate Committee may recommend, that proficiency be achieved in a foreign language other than English.

 

A maximum of nine hours of advanced undergraduate ( Junior/Senior level) course work may be applied to a Program of Work provided that the following conditions are met:

  • The course work is not dated
  • The student earned grades of B or Better in each course
  • The student's Advisors, particularly the Advisors in relevant disciplines, support the inclusion of these courses in the Program of Work

 

The Supervising Committee

The Dean of Graduate Studies will appoint for each master's student a supervising committee upon recommendation by the Graduate Advisor and the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies. The committee will normally consist of at least three member of the student's program. One qualified external person who is not a member of graduate faculty may serve as voting member of a supervising committee following a request accompanied by documentation, such as a vita, from the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies to the Dean of Graduate Studies and approved by Dean of Graduate Studies. The supervising committee conducts the final thesis examination for thesis degree plan candidates and determine scope, content, and form of the final master's comprehensive examination for thesis substitute and non-thesis plan candidates.

Preparing for Graduation

Students pursuing the Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis options must enroll in INTS 5193 Master's Comprehensive Examinations, in order to graduate that semester.

At the beginning of the last semester, the student will submit two forms to the Chair of the student's committee for review and signature. (1) The application for the Master's Comprehensive Examination, and (2) the Report on the Master's Comprehensive Examination. Once signed by the Chair and committee members, the Application for the Master's Comprehensive Examination must be submitted to the Graduate Advisor for signature, then to the Chair of the Graduate Committee for signature, and then to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Report on the Master's Comprehensive Examination must be submitted to the Graduate Advisor for processing.

Degree Requirements for other Interdisciplinary Studies MA and MS Degrees

(currently closed to new admissions)

Please Note:

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses.) The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either “Graded P/F/R” or “Graded R.” Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate graduate advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled “R” Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses (INTS)

INTS5193 – MASTER'S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Directed study, consultation, and comprehensive examination over coursework, leading to the Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

 

INTS5311 – SOCIAL NETWORKING AND COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An exploration of internet media and social networking strategies as they relate to sustainability and organizational planning.

 

INTS5312 – GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Cover fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (Concepts, principles, and functions) and essential skills for applying GIS to sustainability issues.

 

INTS5313 – QUANTITATIVE METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of advanced statistical, modeling, and econometric techniques as applied to sustainability.

 

INTS5314 – BUDGETING & ASSET MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Overview of financial considerations associated with the management of sustainability projects.

 

INTS5315 – EVALUATION RESEARCH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of research methods associated with evaluating sustainability based programs.

 

INTS5316 – GRANT WRITING METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Techniques and processes associated with preparing and submitting grant applications related to sustainability.

 

INTS5393 – THESIS SUBSTITUTE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

In this independent study course the student must demonstrate the student's ability to integrate concepts from his or her major areas of coursework. Prerequisites: completion of 30 hours toward the INTS degree and, during the semester prior to enrollment, submission of a Thesis Substitute Proposal for approval by the instructor and the INTS Committee on Graduate Studies.

 

INTS5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Research and preparation pertaining to the master's thesis.

 

INTS5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Research and preparation pertaining to the master's thesis.

 

Courses (SUST)

SUST5301 – SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES SEMINAR I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A survey and analysis of current and historical sustainability efforts with an emphasis on the psychological and socio-economic dynamics of this cultural paradigm shift. The significance of organizational and societal direct cost issues will be emphasized.

 

SUST5302 – SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES SEMINAR II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Financing and valuation issues impacting sustainability.

 

SUST5303 – SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES SEMINAR III

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Governmental and regulatory issues as they relate to sustainability.

 

SUST5304 – SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT STUDIO A

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A studio based course focused on the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Energy Star, and Hi-Performance Building Systems

 

SUST5305 – SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT STUDIO B

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A studio based course focused on High Density Development.

 

SUST5306 – INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Extensive analysis of a sustainability topic.

 

SUST5307 – INTERNSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical training in sustainability. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations.

 

SUST5308 – SELECTED TOPICS IN SUSTAINABILITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

In-depth study of selected topics in sustainability.

 

SUST6301 – PHD TEACHING COLLOQUIUM IN SUSTAINABILITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of teaching methods for effective classroom instruction.

 

SUST6302 – PHD RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM IN SUSTAINABILITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of the research process and contemporary developments in the methodology and design of empirical research in the major fields of study related to sustainability.

 

SUST6303 – PHD SERVICE-LEARNING COLLOQUIUM IN SUSTAINABILITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of service-learning methods for achieving sustainability.