M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Earn a Master’s in Social Change & Leadership from Marylhurst –
a Top-Ranked Graduate School

Project management and leadership strategies to inspire change. 

Upon completing Marylhurst’s social change and leadership graduate program, you will have earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and possess critical and strategic thinking capacities to inspire positive change that considers social justice, politics and policy, equity and strategies for effective engagement. 

Diversity in student experiences, goals and industry knowledge create an interdisciplinary and animated environment for healthy discussion and analysis of the ways in which social change occurs through discourse, media, policy, and geographical and socio-cultural contexts.


Your personal educational and professional goals will be the center-point of an individually defined social change project. Marylhurst’s social change and leadership curriculum is strategically project-based to allow students to apply their work across many sectors:

  • Government
  • Social services
  • Non-profit
  • Private sector
  • Advocacy & Social movements
  • Other specific industries

As a student, you will begin to research and define your project in the first year of the program and accrue hands-on experience implementing the project throughout the second year.


Marylhurst University’s MA in Interdisciplinary Studies is a low-residency master’s degree program that prepares students to better understand and engage our social world so that they can be effective thought leaders, problem solvers, inquirers, and change agents.


  • Fall Term 2018
  • Application priority date: April 30, 2018
  • No GMAT required for admissions
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Low-Residency, Online Format

This social advocacy degree is designed for working professionals who plan to remain in their local communities and current employment while taking classes.

  Online: Engage with faculty and peers in collaborative online classrooms throughout the year.

   Residency: Attend two 4-5 -day residencies as a community in the fall and spring of each year.

The Marylhurst social change leadership graduate program is offered in an accessible, online format mixed with short, weekend campus sessions. In the two year program, the majority of your courses are online. Each year in the fall and spring, you will spend one weekend on Marylhurst’s beautiful campus for in-depth engagement among students, program faculty and guest speakers who contribute their program-relevant professional experience. These weekend sessions enhance the program’s online curriculum that dives deep into the strategic communication and project management skills of effective leaders.

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Why Choose Marylhurst’s Social Change & Leadership Degree

Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by NWCCU.

Complete your master’s degree by taking classes online and participating in two short visits to campus each year. Students remain in their local communities and continue working while earning their degree.

Scholarship OpportunitiesSCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
We offer scholarships focused on the graduate student and you’re automatically considered for scholarships when you apply.

Career OpprtunitiesSMALL CLASS SIZES
Small class sizes with faculty who focus on you (even online!)

Collaborate closely with faculty to lead an independent project related to social change and your unique educational and professional goals.

In addition to holding advanced degrees from prestigious colleges and universities, Marylhurst faculty who teach social change, ethics and critical inquiry are recognized by a range of professional accomplishments, academic credentials and a commitment to student growth. The Marylhurst learning environment is communal and collaborative, drawing on the diverse experiences of each instructor. Our faculty provide an immense depth of knowledge and guidance throughout the interdisciplinary curriculum.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Alumni Scholarship

Did you receive your bachelor’s degree at Marylhurst? You’re eligible for our Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 toward your first graduate class at MU and the $150 matriculation fee is waived.

Employer-Focused Discounts

Marylhurst partners with many regional businesses and organizations to offer employees of those institutions a tuition discount. Connect with our Office of Admissions (or request information) to learn more about the employers who partner with us.

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Cost of the Program

Current graduate tuition for this social change and leadership program is $641 per credit. Most courses are four credits. The program is 51 – 55 credits in length for an approximate total program cost (based on current tuition) of $32,691 – $35,255.

Marylhurst has little-to-no fees (for example, parking is free on campus) and offers extensive financial aid management services. 

Rachel Dixon - Marylhurst

“As a Marylhurst student, you will be challenged to find ways to elevate your impact within your community and on a global scale. The admission counselors at Marylhurst are here to help you through the admission process so that you can focus on making your own impact. “

~ Rachel Dixon, Director of Admissions

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Ready to further discuss whether or not a degree focused on social change is right for you? Connect with one of our admissions counselors who can answer your questions, email you more information and share steps to get started.

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