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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses

Area of Study and Degrees

Interdisciplinary Studies

M.A., M.S.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute, Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Allen F. Repko
209 University Hall, 817-272-2338

Graduate Faculty

The Graduate Faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington


The purpose of the degree program 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. The program is intended for persons having professional experience beyond the baccalaureate degree and clear, well-developed academic and professional goals.


As of March 24, 2004, the Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) MA/MS program is no longer accepting new applications for admission or changes of program to enter INDS while the program structure and curriculum requirements are reevaluated. Students seeking readmission to the INDS program should consult the INDS Graduate Advisor before making application. Individuals currently admitted to the program will be able to continue to work toward their degrees. This decision is a temporary action and we anticipate accepting applications in the near future.

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program (M.A. and M.S.) differs from other UT Arlington graduate programs in two ways: it is intended primarily as a professional studies program for in-career professionals, and it stresses interdisciplinary curricula. 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; Goals Statement, Tentative Program of Work, and recommendations to the Graduate Advisor).

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

Unconditional Admission

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of work towards the bachelor's degree.
  2. A Goals 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. A Tentative Program of Work: a complete list of the applicant's intended courses to be included in his interdisciplinary program. No more than half the courses may be in one discipline. The list should reflect the intentions of the Goals Statement.
  4. Acceptable scores on the GRE. If the 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, he or she would be expected to score a minimum of 500 on the verbal portion.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or, when appropriate, from professional supervisors.

Probationary Admission

If applicants meet any 4 of the 5 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

Students who wish to pursue an Interdisciplinary graduate program 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 will not be counted for graduate credit; they will provide necessary backgrounds for pursuing the 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 student, in consultation with the Graduate Advisor, can resubmit revised material for reconsideration (for example, a rewritten Goals Statement). To minimize the possibility of Deferred Admission and having to resubmit material, students should consult with the Graduate Advisor before applying. See the Graduate Catalog for more information on Deferred Admission.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission to the graduate program in Interdisciplinary studies will rarely be granted. Applicants should submit all required materials before the deadline for admission.


Typically failure to meet 3 or more of the requirements for Unconditional Admission will result in denial of admission.

Degree Requirements

Programs of Work in interdisciplinary studies involve courses in several departments and should be designed in consultation with the appropriate graduate faculty members of those departments. Students entering the interdisciplinary studies program must consult with the Graduate Advisor prior to registration for the first semester and each succeeding semester in which the student plans to enroll. The Committee on Graduate Studies is not responsible for selection of courses taken prior to program of work approval and cannot guarantee that such courses will apply to degree credit.

Interdisciplinary studies allows the student maximum flexibility in designing an academic program to meet specific professional and educational objectives. The student must complete work in at least two departments and may take courses in more than one of the schools or colleges of the University. The primary emphasis is on the individual needs and aspirations of the student. A supervising committee composed of members of the graduate faculty will be appointed to supervise the completion of an individual program of work and the final examination. General oversight will be provided by the Committee on Graduate Studies.

No more than 50 percent of the credit hours in a student's program may be taken in an area in which the University does not offer an advanced degree, or in the College of Business Administration. A maximum of nine hours of advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate courses may be applied to an interdisciplinary studies program; for the purpose of this policy, graduate foundation courses in the College of Business Administration are considered equivalent to advanced undergraduate courses and apply toward the nine hour maximum. In addition, the Committee on Graduate Studies has adopted other policies which govern the general design and content of programs of

work in interdisciplinary studies. Information about these policies should be requested from the Graduate Advisor.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. 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 X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. 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 thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation 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.)

Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5193. MASTER'S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (1-0). Directed study, consultation, and comprehensive examination over coursework, leading to the Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Graded P/F/R.

5393. THESIS SUBSTITUTE. This independent study course must demonstrate the student's ability to integrate concepts from his or her major areas of coursework. Prerequisites: completion of 30 hours toward the INDS degree and, during the semester prior to enrollment, submission of a Thesis Substitute Proposal for approval by the instructor and the INDS COGS. Graded P/F/R.

5398, 5698. THESIS. Research and preparation pertaining to the master's thesis. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 graded P/F/R.


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