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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Individual Interdisciplinary Program - MA

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Degree Title: Master of Arts

Program Name and Number: Individual Program of Study - MA6942

Department/Unit: Graduate College

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Program Mission: The Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) provides a home for masters students seeking a degree which combines traditional academic disciplines to span multiple colleges.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Possess knowledge of two, or more fields beyond the bachelor’s level
  • Synthesize knowledge from two or more fields
  • Communicate new ideas and concepts in written and oral form

Program Overview:  The Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) is intended as a home for those masters students who might be best served by an interdisciplinary graduate degree. The ideal prospective student is an individual with demonstrated ability and intellectual maturity. Admission to the Graduate College as an IIP student demands, in part, that the applicant identify a minimum of two (2) emphasis areas, each in a different department, school, or program.

Link to Program: http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/ips.cfm

Graduation Requirements:

  • 36 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree: With at least four courses (12 credit hours) in each emphasis area.
    • At least two of these courses (6 credit hours) must provide depth of knowledge in the field and at least two of these courses (6 credit hours) must provide breadth of knowledge.
  • Final project (thesis, performance, etc.) acceptable to the student’s Guidance Committee.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Students should complete their coursework by the end of their second year of full-time study or by the end of their third year of part-time study.
  • Students must present the results of a research project and/or creative activity at an academic or professional conference prior to the end of their third year, if a full-time student, or fourth year, if a part-time student.
  • If completing the degree by taking a comprehensive examination, the examination must be completed by the end of the semester following the completion of coursework.

Admission Requirements: Prospective students must provide:

  1. Transcripts of all previous academic work
  2. At least three (3) letters of recommendation
  3. A program proposal that includes
    1. Tentative fields of study/areas of emphasis
    2. Prospective guidance committee members
    3. A statement of goals, and
    4. An explanation of why none of the related existing degrees at Ohio University meet the student’s educational and professional objectives
  4. Official test scores, such as GRE, GMAT, or MAT, and
  5. Two letters of support provided by the Graduate Directors of the cooperating programs/departments/schools that will constitute the primary fields of study. These letters commit the faculty members to be the initial advisors of record for the applicant. (e.g. the letter is signed by both the advising faculty member and the graduate chair of the program).

Additionally, prospective students should consult the website of the departments, schools, or programs that will serve as their emphasis areas and provide any additional materials (e.g., writing sample, additional letters of recommendation) required by those departments, schools, or programs.

International students whose native language or academic language of instruction is not English must meet the University English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Graduate Catalog.

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