The Interdisciplinary Studies master’s program for either an MA or MS provides an alternative for individuals whose desired plan of study does not fit into the degree offerings of any single existing graduate degree program on campus.
More information about the program can be found on the College of Graduate Studies website at www.sjsu.edu/cgs.
Candidates apply separately to the university to obtain approval for university-level admission and to the College of Graduate Studies for admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Candidates must meet all university admission requirements. They must also satisfy programmatic requirements, including a minimum 3.25 GPA in the last 60 semester units of post-secondary academic work. In addition, they must complete a programmatic application, separate from the university application, found in the Interdisciplinary Studies Guide. In brief, the application includes the signature of a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from San Jose State who agrees to chair the master’s committee of the student. Approval of the proposed curriculum, periodic advice, and supervision of the student’s research and culminating report (usually a thesis) are expected of the faculty mentor. A summary of the proposed research and reasons for the appropriateness of the Interdisciplinary Studies program are also needed in advance of a positive admissions decision. Once the application is completed, it should be sent to the Associate Dean (AD) of Graduate Studies, who will make the final admissions decision.
Applicants from countries in which the official language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage at GAPE.
Requirements for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy
General university requirements for advancement to candidacy for the Interdisciplinary Studies master’s degree are detailed in the Graduate Policies and Procedures section. Candidacy includes the successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
Requirements for Graduation
University Graduation Requirements
Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures.
MA or MS - Interdisciplinary Studies Graduation Requirements
The program consists of an individualized program of 30 units in classes taken from at least two different departments; a minimum of half of the units must be in graduate-level classes. Prerequisite classes must be taken in excess of the 30 unit total. The program may be Plan A (thesis), Plan B (project, but under highly restricted circumstances), or Plan C (creative project). All courses must be approved by the AD of Graduate Studies. The culminating report must be approved by the student’s master’s committee and by the College of Graduate Studies Associate Dean.