Master of Science in Individual Program of Study
Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) – MS6942
Grosvenor Hall 102
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring
The Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) provides a home for graduate students seeking a degree which combines traditional academic disciplines to span multiple colleges. 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 emphasis areas, each in a different graduate degree-granting department, school, or program, as well as having support from prospective faculty advisors in those areas.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to do the following at a master’s level:
- Synthesize techniques, tools, or methods from two or more fields.
- Effectively communicate new ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
- Apply techniques, tools, or methods across two or more fields.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/individual-program-study
Students are strongly encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. Beth Quitslund (email@example.com), prior to beginning the application process.
Prospective students must provide:
- Transcripts of all previous academic work
- A three-to-five page project proposal that includes
- Tentative fields of study/areas of emphasis, including proposed courses
- Prospective guidance committee members*
- A statement of goals, and
- An explanation of why none of the related existing degrees meet the student’s educational and professional objectives.
- Letters of Recommendation
- At least three (3) letters of recommendation on academic preparation
- A letter of support provided by each of the Graduate Directors of the cooperating programs/departments/schools that will constitute the primary fields of study. The director should endorse the proposed courses in the degree proposal.
- A letter of support from each prospective Guidance Committee Member. These letters commit the faculty members to be the initial advisors of record for the applicant.
- Non-native speakers of English must submit official English Proficiency scores.
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.
*Any faculty member qualified as graduate faculty in their home college and program may serve on an IIP guidance committee.
For fall admission, complete applications must be submitted by April 15; for spring admission, complete applications must be submitted by November 15.
For visa purposes, most IIP plans of study permit full-time residency in Athens. Check the desired course offerings in each emphasis area to be sure that they are not predominantly online.