With economies becoming increasingly global more opportunities are available for those with advanced degrees to expand into new markets, new research and development, and/or new teaching roles. The future calls for more cooperation and cross-knowledge.
New careers are being developed. People beginning their graduate education are in the enviable position of having many new, exciting careers from which to choose or to create. The new focus is on broader, interdisciplinary understandings; thus, interdisciplinary degrees will play an increasing role in tomorrow's world.
The degree will be listed as Interdisciplinary Master of Science or Interdisciplinary Master of Arts. The transcript will reflect the areas of study as a "major." Determination of whether the degree selection is Science or Arts is determined by the greater emphasis in the program of study.
These degrees are truly interdisciplinary in nature, allowing each participating student and the student's committee to select course work from up to three subject areas [plus course work listed as "tools" to build a degree program meeting the student's stated needs.
The admission of students to the interdisciplinary master's degree program will be established through the following process:
The program must include a minimum of 43 hours of graduate course work, of which 37 hours will be at the 5000 level and the Program of Study must be on file with the Graduate School within the first semester of study. If the student is following the thesis option the 43 hour requirement will include four hours of 5960: Thesis Research. If the student is following the nonthesis option, thesis hours are not included. In either option, internship hours are acceptable.
Course requirements will be established by the student's graduate committee in consultation with the student, prior to formal admission to the Graduate School. Established Graduate School requirements will be followed. Courses to be included in the Program of Study may be selected from the full range of courses available at the appropriate level. All course prerequisites must first be met.
Any member of the graduate faculty at UW is eligible to serve as the student's committee chair or graduate faculty representative. The third member of the committee may come from the non-graduate faculty ranks. Existing graduate committee regulations apply to the interdisciplinary degree programs.
Interdisciplinary students may request research and/or lab access and will negotiate with the appropriate academic unit administering the space and/or equipment. Admission to the degree program does not obligate an academic unit to provide space or equipment. This discussion will most commonly occur through one of the committee members in advance. Since the degree program is interdisciplinary in nature, it is perceived that all support presently existing (including graduate assistantships) within academic units can/may be allocated at the discretion of the unit.
Preliminary and/or comprehensive examination standards will be established and documented at the time the Program of Study is submitted to the Graduate School.