Nov 24, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A./M.S.

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Requirements for the M.A. or M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies provides students degree opportunities on current, relevant topics by combining coursework and experiences across disciplines in a manner not served by traditional degree programs. The purpose varies according to the combination of disciplines, perspectives, and skills they provide to meet students needs to prepare for the rapidly changing expectations in today’s world.

Students should read more about the disciplines and coursework that interests them on the pages that follow. Qualified students interested in a graduate degree in interdisciplinary studies must contact a graduate coordinator in a graduate program that fits within the area of interest to begin the development of a proposed course of study. 

Prerequisites to Application

  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 for the last 60 units of college work attempted; and
  • Submission of completed Application to Interdisciplinary Studies (ITDS) (available from Graduate Studies Office.)

Prerequisite to Acceptance

  • Acceptance by the Graduate Studies Subcommittee of Application to Interdisciplinary Studies (ITDS), complete with signatures of at least 2 members of your ITDS graduate advisory committee.
  • Admission to the University in classified graduate status; and
  • The candidate for this degree must comply with the normal regulations governing graduate study at Sonoma State as described in this catalog.

Course Requirements

General course and unit requirements:

  • The master’s in interdisciplinary studies consists of a minimum of 30 units in two or more disciplines.
  • At least 20 units must be graded (A-F); the remainder (up to one-third of the total number of units of the major) may be taken in a nontraditional grading mode. (In order to receive a Credit (Cr) grade in a graduate level class, the student must earn the equivalent of B- or better.)
  • At least 21 semester units shall be completed in residence.
  • At least 60% of the units shall be in graduate (500-level) courses. The remaining units may be in 300- or 400-level courses.

For detailed guidelines and the application form for the master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, please contact the SSU Graduate Studies Office.



Degree Requirements Units
Major Requirements 30
Total units needed for graduation 30



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