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

  • Fredonia Research Exhibit


Bachelor's degree at an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 2.5. Undergraduate and/or previous graduate transcripts should reveal adequate preparation in selected disciplines to meet graduate course prerequisites.

Two-part Interdisciplinary Studies proposal form. Part I of this form requires the applicant to provide an explanation of the proposed program; Part II asks for both a proposed program topic or title and a list of graduate courses at the 500- and/or 600-level that will constitute the entire 30 credit-hour program.

A completed graduate application 


Wendy Dunst, 
Program Contact

Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies offers two degrees, the Master of Arts and the Master of Science. These individually created degree programs are designed specifically for highly motivated, self-directed students whose personal, educational or career goals require programs that are not found within the traditional graduate boundaries of a single discipline.

  • Students must select graduate level course work from at least two academic disciplines for this degree program.
  • No more than 15 credit hours of the required course work may be taken in a single department unless the Graduate Studies Office approves a written request for 18 credit hours.
  • At the time of acceptance, an academic advisor will be appointed, and it is imperative that a student working toward an interdisciplinary degree confer with his/her advisor regularly.
  • The advisor and the Graduate Studies Office must approve all changes to the initial proposal.
  • A maximum of nine (9) credit hours may be transferred from another accredited college or university. Prior approval is required for transfer credits.


Program Outline

Because student programs are individually designed, the capstone research effort, a topic or project explored in depth as part of INDS 690, is tailored to integrate previous learning and related career experience with professional and personal goals. This concentrated study can follow the traditional research pattern of a thesis with 6 credit hours earned in INDS 690 and INDS 691, or it can employ more innovative forms and methods, but in each case, a student is required to conduct research and demonstrate its value by presenting a documented literature review of the focused topic.

Additional information and program planning assistance is available through the Graduate Studies Office.


Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30

Graduate Studies Office

E230A Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
(716) 673-3712 fax