Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum in the Master’s Program at Marylhurst

student marylhurst iconOur Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum in this master’s program instills an attitude of inquiry, discernment and openness that is essential for meaningful and productive living in a rapidly changing world. Our MAIS students develop the art of disciplined, lifelong learning and gain a thorough knowledge of the theories and scholarly methods used to structure an academic thesis around a unique body of knowledge.

  The M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies program is now accepting inquiries and applicants for 2017.  

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Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum & M.A. Degree Requirements: What You Will Study

To earn your Master of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhurst, you complete 51-55 credits through a series of graduate courses and a thesis project.

Foundation Courses (12 credits)
As a part of your foundation course requirements, you will be exposed to topics including scholarly inquiry, social justice and science, ethics and public policy.

Establish a strong foundation for future graduate studies with an introduction to researching and writing techniques and an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship.
Identify current areas of scientific and technological development that raise ethical and policy questions. You will assume the perspective of community leaders to explore scientific and technological opportunities, and determine whether they should be pursued and how managed.
Take an interdisciplinary approach to the concept of justice in society. Identify the crucial elements of a just society and examine how social justice applies to public policy.

Elective Courses (24 credits)
In elective courses, you choose courses based on your individual master’s program – as developed in collaboration with an academic adviser. Then, you utilize interdisciplinary perspectives gained in the foundation courses to build a level of professional competence in your area of study. By doing this, you are presented with a broad and flexible way of encountering and examining issues present in your personal and professional life.

Thesis (15-19 credits)
Within a sequence of thesis courses, you will receive the research tools to begin the thesis process. Learning projects and a collaborative atmosphere move you through the process in a timely manner with the support and guidance of faculty.

Ideas and Issues Presented Through Thesis

The ideas and issues explored within the interdisciplinary master’s program turn into novel theses that are now impacting the work of our graduates. To give you a better sense of the type of work our students have done through this program, here are a few thesis topics from MAIS graduates:

  • “Silver is the New Black: Unleashing the Professional Value of Boomers Past Age 65 through Vocation-Centric Lifestyles.”
  • “Breaking the Habitus: Storytelling to Raise the Social Capital of Older Adults.”
  • “Four Footed Ministers: A Roman Catholic Lay Pastoral Case Model for the Use of Canine Companions in Ministry to the Elderly in Retirement Communities.”
  • “Appreciative Organizing: Charting a Course for Social Change.”
  • “Positive Effects of Combat in Shaping Soldiers.”
  • “Conversational Interruption in the Native Hawaiian Speech Community: Power, Solidarity and Talk Story.”

Transfer Credit and Degree Completion

Students admitted into the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program may transfer up to 8 graduate-level credits from other graduate level programs with the approval of the department.  At Marylhurst, the average time to complete this master’s degree program is two years.

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