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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Individual Interdisciplinary Program - MA

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Degree Title: Master of Arts

Program Name and Number: Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) - MA6942

Department/Unit: Graduate College

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Successful completion of a final project/culminating experience as approved by the student’s Guidance Committee. Examples of a final project/culminating experience include, but are not limited to:
    • Capstone Simulation
    • Portfolio
    • Project/Report
    • Show/Exhibition/Recital
    • Thesis
    • Comprehensive Examination - must be successfully completed by the end of the semester following the completion of coursework.

Culminating Experience: The culminating experience will vary, depending on what is appropriate for the disciplines involved.  The Graduation Requirements section details suitable experiences.

Admission Requirements: Prospective students must provide:

  1. An earned bachelor’s/bachelor’s equivalent degree from an accredited institution of higher education with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  2. Transcripts of all previous academic work
  3. At least three (3) letters of recommendation
  4. A three to five page project proposal that includes
         a.  Tentative fields of study/areas of emphasis
         b.  Prospective guidance committee members
         c.  A statement of goals and
         d.  An explanation of why none of the related existing degrees meet the student’s educational and professional objectives, and the Project Proposal should be submitted with other documents in the online application.
  5. Official test scores, such as GRE, GMAT, or MAT, and
  6. Two letters of support provided by the Graduate Directors or their designee of the cooperating programs/departments/schools that will constitute the primary fields of study (i.e., one letter from a faculty member in each program/department/ school). These letters commit the faculty members to be the initial advisors of record for the applicant.

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.

Students whose native language is not English must meet the University English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Graduate Catalog. 


Application Deadlines:

For fall admission, Graduate application due April 1. All supporting materials due April 15. 

For spring admission, Graduate application due November 1. All supporting materials due November 15. 

Program does not admit for summer term.



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