M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Earn an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) from Marylhurst

Marylhurst University’s Master of Art (M.A.) in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program provides a rich, relevant education that extends outside the bounds of a single academic discipline. Free yourself to take an interdisciplinary approach to the academic area of interest to you. Join an intellectually rigorous scholarly community of students and faculty who collaboratively bring individual topics into focus across disciplinary lines.

The interdisciplinary stuides master’s degree is a two-year program with classes offered evenings, weekends and online to accommodate busy schedules. As part of the program, you will complete 51-55 credits of coursework and finish your degree by authoring a master’s thesis with the close guidance of exceptional faculty. Learn more about the curriculum content within the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

The Marylhurst M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program provides a platform to pursue an individualized intellectual path. As a student within the program you may specialize your studies to enhance your current profession with fresh perspectives or, if you’re looking to change direction, broaden your knowledge in a new area of study. Explore former student thesis topics and career applications.

  • The M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program is accepting inquiries. The next opportunity to start in this program is Fall 2018.

Review admissions requirements, application deadlines and the process to formally apply to this graduate program at Marylhurst University.

In addition to holding advanced degrees from prestigious colleges and universities, MAIS faculty are noted for a range of professional accomplishments and academic credentials as well as a commitment to student growth. The MAIS 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 studies curriculum.

  • Current graduate tuition for the Interdisciplinary Studies program is $618 per credit.
  • Most courses are four credits.The Interdisciplinary Studies program is 51 – 55 credits in length for an approximate total program cost of $31,518 – $33,990 (based on current tuition).

Marylhurst has little-to-no fees (so there are no surprises) and offers extensive financial aid management services and help, including scholarship opportunities. Most students complete their M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree within 2 years.


  • Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)
  • Flexible scheduling with classes offered evenings, weekends and online
  • Small class sizes with renowned faculty who focus on you
  • Beautiful classroom environment located on our tranquil campus just 10 minutes south of Portland
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

Pat Edwards - MA in Interdisciplinary Studies - Marylhurst“Intellectual scholars can be found throughout academia, but the Marylhurst University culture has a remarkable community of brilliant, critical-thinking minds; both my academic peers and professors have inspired me. MAIS allowed me to push the envelope, to question, to think outside the box … and then aiming for the mark where my contribution can make a sincere difference.”  ~ PAT EDWARDS, M.A. 2012

Read more about Pat’s experience as a Marylhurst Master of Interdisciplinary Studies student.

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