University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Admission to this program is suspended, pending review.

The MAIS program is designed for individuals who, having completed a baccalaureate program or professional degree program at an accredited college or university, wish to expand their knowledge in areas outside of their previous training or present profession. To this end, each student will participate in the design of a plan of study consisting of courses offered by a variety of departments.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States (or proof of equivalent training in a foreign institution).
  2. A satisfactory grade point average (GPA) in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) work and in any graduate work already completed.
  3. Submission to the MAIS Advisory Committee of an acceptable Admission Essay and plan of Study.
  4. Acceptance by the MAIS Advisory Committee and by the Graduate School.

The MAIS requirements for admission shall be evaluated as a composite.  Applicants should present a background of GPA and courses completed that demonstrate the ability to sustain graduate level work with competitive verbal and reasoning scores on the GRE, and a plan of study containing a broad set of objectives that will expand their knowledge beyond their previous training or present profession.

Individuals interested in joining the MAIS program should consult with Program Director before applying.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

MA in Interdisciplinary Study (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
MAIS 5350The History of An Idea3
MAIS 5360Contemporary Issues3
Graduate Course Work:
Select twenty-seven additional hours of graduate course work 127
Final Oral Examination:
Complete final oral examination
Final Project:
MAIS 5393Final Project3
Total Hours36

No more than nine hours may be in any one subject; no more than nine hours may be outside the College of Liberal Arts.


Dr. Ronald Weber

Associate Professors

Ronald Weber 
Contact Information:; 915-747-6512 
Education: BA, Fort Hays Kansas State University; MA, University of Wisconsin; Ph D, University of Wisconsin

Kelly Hall, Room 223D