Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Dr. Matthew Cover, Interim Program Director
(209) 667-3493
MSR 160
Fall 2016 Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 (or by appointment- please email)

The MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies program at Stanislaus State is an innovative program intended for students whose interests and needs do not fit within traditional master's degree programs. Each Interdisciplinary Studies student custom-designs a course of study, combining two or more disciplines into a program with a distinct, coherent theme. The program is designed for exceptional, individual cases and provides an opportunity for self-directed learning and an educational experience specifically relevant to a student's unique needs.

Additionally, the IS Program provides concentrations in Geospatial Analysis of Human and Environmental Change and Child Development. Please see the web pages for those concentrations for contact information and application procedures.

Applying to the IS program is a three step process:

1. Discuss your interest in the IS program with one or more professors you would like to work with. Obtain the support of at least one professor, and complete the Faculty Committment Form. Meet with the IS Program Director to discuss your educational plan and the admissions process.

2. Apply to the Graduate School at Stanislaus State. Complete and online application, and submit your GRE scores and transcripts to the Graduate School. Submit GRE scores to the University (a minimum score of 3.5 on the Writing section is required for admittance).

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3. In consultation with your faculty advisor, complete a Program Proposal, submit it to the IS Director, and meet with the IS Committee to discuss your proposal. This should idealy be completed before you enroll in classes, but no later than your first semester of taking courses. Program Checklist & Proposal.pdf

Dates and Deadlines

2016 IS Student Proposals Due
Proposals received by this deadline:
2016 IS Committee Meeting Dates
Will be reviewed by the committee at this meeting:
April 15, 2016 May 13, 2016, 1:00 pm
August 5, 2016 September TBD
November 4, 2016 December TBD

Forms and Publications