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Getting Started

There are a few things you’ll need to consider before submitting your application to the Interdisciplinary program:

1. What type of degree do you want to pursue?

  • M.A. in Humanities
  • M.S. in Natural Sciences
  • M.S. in Social Sciences

You can visit the Types of Degrees page for descriptions of each degree.

2. What department will serve as your home or primary department?

Your home department is the department (for example, History) where about half of your coursework will be taken, and most likely, the place your Faculty Advisor will teach in.

Your home department is the department (for example, History) where about half of your coursework will be taken, and most likely, the place your Faculty Advisor will teach in.

3. What department will serve as your secondary department?

Your secondary department is where you will take the majority of your remaining credits. This second discipline likely intersects with your primary department in some way that influences your interests or research area.

4. Who will serve as my Faculty Advisor?

Students are encouraged to explore the websites of their anticipated home and secondary departments to identify possible Faculty Advisors. As you and your faculty advisor develop your course of study, discuss common research interests and work towards your final project, it is your responsibility to identify possible Faculty Advisors. The IDP Coordinator and Director of Graduate Studies can also help you with this process.

Once you identify possible Advisors, feel free to reach out to those faculty; send them an email and ask to meet or speak over the phone, get a feel for their research and see if they would be interested in taking on an IDP student.

IDP students should have two Advisors – one from the home department and one from the secondary department.

5. What courses will I take?

It’s really up to you, with the help of your Faculty Advisor, to develop a course of study. Applicants are encouraged to review the course schedule and connect with their anticipated departments to ensure that the courses will be available during their planned course of study.

Study Plan

Degree Plan – M.A. Humanities
Degree Plan – M.S. Natural Science
Degree Plan – M.S. Social Science