Note: This Catalog was published in July 2009 and supersedes the 2008-2009 Catalog.

Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Allen F. Repko
209 University Hall

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 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.


The Interdisciplinary Studies (INTS) MA/MS program has temporarily suspended accepting new applications for admission or changes of program to enter INTS 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.

Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.) 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.

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. A Tentative Program of Work: a complete list of the applicant's intended courses to be taken. No more than half the courses may be in one discipline. The courses should clearly support the applicant's professional/academic goal.
  4. 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.
  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

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 or improved GRE scores). 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 rarely be granted. Applicants should submit all required materials before the deadline for admission.


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

M.A. and M.S. Degree Options

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.

Degree Requirements

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 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.

Academic Policies

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.)

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses (INTS)

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

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 - 0)
Research and preparation pertaining to the master's thesis.

INTS5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)
Research and preparation pertaining to the master's thesis.


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