Interdisciplinary Programs

Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • What is an Interdisciplinary Degree?
    • An Interdisciplinary Degree is a customized degree program that combines course work from two or more disciplines.
  • Is it for me?
    • If you have well-defined research interests that bridge two or more disciplines, yes. 
    • If you want to simply avoid one or more of the program or course requirements in an existing degree or major, then no.  In other words, you can't take all of the courses for one degree except for the one or two you don't like and call it an interdisciplinary degree.   In fact, your proposed program must differ significantly from an existing UAF graduate degree program (i.e. no more than one half of your program credits can be pulled from a single existing graduate degree program.) 
  • Who is responsible for designing my program, ensuring that it conforms to rigorous academic standards, and  organizing a committee of faculty members to serve as advisors?
    • In short, you are responsible for these items.  That said, Shelly would love to help you with the finer points of the process:

      You can contact her at:

      Shelly Baumann, Interdisciplinary Program Director
      202 Eielson Building
      (907) 474-7464

  • Does UAF have the resources and faculty expertise to support my program?
    • This does, of course, depend on the direction of your interests.  If we do not have an existing bachelor's, master's or PhD programs in the fields that you are interested in, then it is unlikely that we have faculty available to support it. For example, we do not have a Philosophy program at the Bachelor's, Master's or PhD level.  As such, there are no regular faculty on contract to support any research in that direction.  Conversely, we do offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education and Justice so an Interdisciplinary degree with an education and justice focus could be supported.  
  • Sounds good.  How do I get started?
    • Procedures for developing an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree are listed here.


Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary degrees are also available for undergraduate students who are interested in obtaining an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.   Click here to learn more!

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