Texas Tech University

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Texas Tech University's Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is offered by the Graduate School. Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas Tech University allows graduate students the freedom to design a degree that integrates areas and courses from the existing graduate colleges and programs. The purpose of this integration allows students to create a program that best fits their interests and career aspirations that might not be defined in a traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Program Overview

The online Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is a degree program intended for students who wish to continue education at the graduate level, but do not seek specialized training concentrated in a traditional major area. This program is not a substitute for a traditional master's degree; rather, it is designed for students with broader interests in several fields or for those whose career goals do not match fully with a single identifiable academic unit or department. Emphasis is placed on continued intellectual and cultural development in a constantly changing society in which new career interests may extend over several traditional specializations.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to the projected initial enrollment.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University as either a first-time freshman or an undergraduate transfer.
    • The application fee is $75 for U.S. students and $125 for international applicants.
    • In addition to applying, you will need to submit ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript with class rank.
  2. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid.
  3. Complete a Departmental Questionnaire indicating your choices for three areas of study and submit the questionnaire to the Graduate School.
    • After submitting the Departmental Questionnaire, students should contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator or the Academic Advisor who will work with them to discuss their chosen area of study and navigate the application process.
  4. Upon acceptance, you will be assigned an advisor to ensure your continuous progress towards the degree. If you receive a letter of rejection, there is an opportunity for filing a re-evaluation request if performance improves.
    • Texas Tech University will notify you of your application status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

  • 12 hours from any one area, within at least two different colleges
  • For the 36-hour non-thesis option, students may choose the master's examination, an internship, a project report, or the portfolio as their final comprehensive component of their program.
  • The thesis option requires 24 hours of graduate coursework plus 6 hours of thesis.

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