Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.) Admissions Requirements

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve made the choice to go forward and apply for our M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program – a master’s program that allows you to combine academic disciplines to pursue an advanced education based on your personal career goals. Please review the admissions requirements carefully. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help: or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

The M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program accepts applications year-round. Foundation courses for the program start in the fall. To ensure a smooth admissions process, we advise you submit your application at least four weeks before the start of classes.

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Admissions Requirements

Because you are applying to a master’s program at Marylhurst, we require that you hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.

admissions-staff-maruska-lynch-marylhurstMaruska Lynch – Graduate Admissions Counselor

“If you’re looking for a program that allows you to combine multiple disciplines to formulate a master’s degree that represents your career goals, Marylhurst’s program is that.  Not only do I help new students through the application process, but I’m also a graduate of the MAIS program and can speak directly to its exceptional quality. If you’re ready to apply or need help navigating the admissions process,  free to reach out to me. I’m here to help you.”

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M.A.I.S: Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.) program at Marylhurst. As you review the list, know that we’re here to help you if you have any questions about the required materials for admissions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Complete the online application
    Don’t worry about finishing the application in one session. You can save your work, log out and return to the application at a later time. Your information will be saved.
  • Pay the $50 nonrefundable fee
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Resume (with a clear career goal stated)
    • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
    • Recommendations
    • Statement of intent
    • Essay

As part of the application process, you will also be invited for an interview with program faculty. Interviews are scheduled once we receive your completed application.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must arrive at Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope as issued by the originating institution with an institutional stamp or signature on the closed envelope flap. Sounds very legal, but it’s pretty straightforward: contact your previous institutions and request an official transcript to be sent directly to Marylhurst: 17600 Pacific HWY, PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Official transcripts can also be sent via a secure delivery service such as National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Parchment. Directions on how to do this will also be available within the online admissions application.

Statement of Intent
This is a brief essay in which you introduce yourself and share information about your academic goals and experiences. This is not a formal academic or research paper, but it should be proofread for errors and grammar to ensure readability. This essay may be used as part of the scholarship consideration process at Marylhurst University. Please write a one-to-two page paper in 12pt. font. Make sure to include your name in the top, right-hand corner of each page. Please address the following questions:

  • Why have you chosen your course of study? If undecided, please comment on your area(s) of interest.
  • Why have you chosen Marylhurst University?
  • How does this degree fit into your past/current life experiences and future goals?

To submit the statement, you can upload it inside the online application portal, or email it to or FAX it to 503.699.6320.

We really simplified this process. All you will need are the names and contact information (email) for your recommenders. In the online application, you will be prompted to input their information. This sends your recommenders an email with directions on how to submit their recommendation letter. Easy, right?

Your writing sample should demonstrate your current scholarly ability, preferably related to the area(s) of study you wish to pursue. It will be assessed on these criteria:

  • The paper is 7-10 pages in length
  • A thesis is developed and supported by reliable sources
  • Critical thought has been used to address an issue
  • The argument is well organized and well articulated
  • Sources are acknowledged, using a consistent citation style (MLA or APA)
  • A references or works cited list appears at the end

  Are you applying as an international student?  Please review these additional requirements for graduate international student applicants.

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