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Interdisciplinary Studies


The Masters of Arts/Master of Science degree program is designed for students who wish to continue education at the graduate level but do not seek specialized training concentrated in a major area.  The program is intended for students whose academic and career interests do not match fully with a single identifiable academic unit or department.

It is strongly recommended that you set up a meeting with the IDS Program Director before you begin the application process.


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A.
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, M.S.

Contact Information

Dr. Nicole Molumby
(208) 426-1771
Education Building
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1500

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. A cumulative undergraduate GPA in all prior college level work of at least 3.00.  Students who do not meet this requirement but have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 for the most recent 60 credit hours will also be considered.
  4. Successful completion of the IDS Program’s application process, which includes:
    1. A meeting with the IDS Program Director to discuss the student’s educational goals and be advised as to the remainder of the application process.
    2. Selection and meeting of a graduate advisory committee composed of three faculty members, one of whom is to serve as chair.
    3. A meeting with your committee to discuss and prepare a degree plan.
    4. Submission of the Personal Data form.
    5. Submission of a completed form stating that the student’s committee has met and approved the degree plan.
    6. Submission of a degree plan and a three page written statement which:

    (i)States intellectual, professional or vocational reasons for requesting entry into the program.

    (ii) Explains why traditional degree programs do not meet your needs.
    (iii) Justifies the selection of courses in relation to the conception  of the individualized program as a whole.

  5. Submission of a list of Learning Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, and Assessment Measures.
  6. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  7. Approval of the application by the university-wide IDS committee.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 1
Spring Semester: October 1