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The Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program at Chico State has been serving graduate students for more than forty years. The Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies provides graduate students the unique opportunity for an individually designed course of study which crosses and intersects disciplinary boundaries culminating in an MA or MS. The rigorous curriculum of IDST has assured that IDST graduates are achieving core competencies for completing the program as illustrated in the completion of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program.

Acceptance into the IDST program is rigorous. Candidate applications are reviewed and approved by both the IDST Graduate Coordinator and the Dean of Graduate Studies to ensure that all the prerequisites for admission have been met.  Prospective IDST students must also submit a Justification Statement describing the interdisciplinary program and its component disciplines. Prior to acceptance, the IDST applicant must establish a graduate advisory committee by inviting two or three qualified (tenured or tenure track) faculty members, one from each of the disciplines in your program, to serve on the committee.

The prospective IDST student must also create a Master's Degree Program Plan of the relevant 400/500-and 600-level courses in the combined disciplines. Departmental approvals for the program designed must also be gathered. Finally, the prospective IDST student must present the program proposal to each department's Graduate Coordinator or Chair while also acquiring the signature of the Committee Chair and members on of Master's Degree Program Plan. Once everything is submitted to the Office of Graduate studies, an evaluator will review the Master's Degree Program Plan before sending it to the IDST Master’s Degree Selection Committee.

Once IDST students have been admitted, the Graduate Coordinator contacts IDST students several times throughout the semester to help identify the characteristics of its students and assesses their professional goals. The Graduate Coordinator checks-in with IDST students throughout the semester to see if they have any questions or concerns and to monitor their progression through the program. The Graduate Coordinator ensures IDST students are on track by working with students to create SMART goals—goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. The IDST Graduate Coordinator tracks IDST graduate alumni to see where they are in the world and what contributions they are making—personally and professionally.

The Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program follows policy established in both Title V of the California Code of Regulations and University-specific rules for graduate programs: number of total units; number of graduate-level units; number of units in residence; time to degree. Individual programs of study are developed by prospective students with the guidance of the Graduate Coordinator, Carson Medley.

Completion of an approved Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program consists of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses as follows:

  1. A comprehensive core of units in the chosen disciplines.
  2. At least 18 of the units required for the degree in stand-alone 600-level courses (those not cross-listed with 400/500-level courses).
  3. At the discretion of the program advisor, a maximum of 30 percent of the units counted toward the degree requirements may be special session credit earned in non-matriculated status combined with all transfer coursework. This applies to special session credit earned through Open University, or in courses offered for academic credit through the Center for Regional and Continuing Education. (Correspondence courses and UC Extension coursework are not acceptable for transfer).
  4. Not more than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.
  5. Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (697), Comprehensive Examination (696), and Master's Study (699) combined; not more than 3 units of Comprehensive Examination (696) or 6 units of Master's Study (699)