Stephen F. Austin State University

Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS)

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) Degree

In an era when one's professional and personal world center on an individual's ability to understand and engage complex issues from a variety of perspectives, Stephen F. Austin State University's MIS degree program allows graduate students in our community to incorporate a variety of traditional academic disciplines into unique programs of study designed to achieve personal, educational, and career goals.

Individualized programs, constructed by students in consultation with the Director of the Division of the Multidisciplinary Programs and faculty advisors, typically include three distinct disciplines represented with a minimum of six and maximum of fifteen semester credit hours in each discipline. This program and the construction of the degree is founded upon the belief that there is a need for a practical interdisciplinarian-a specialist in the interrelationship of traditional studies.

Students enrolled in the MIS program may select one of two program options:
1) Thesis Option: This program includes twenty-four hours of coursework, six hours of thesis research and writing (culminating in the completion of a Masters Thesis), and a formal Thesis Defense.
2) Non-Thesis Option: This program includes thirty-six hours of coursework and the completion of a Comprehensive Examination.

In each option, all MIS students will be supervised by a committee of faculty members that represent each discipline in the degree. The format of the Comprehensive Examination, either written or oral, will be at the discretion of the committee members.

MIS Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the MIS program, applicants must fall into one of the two categories below.

Category One

A student may be granted clear admittance to the program if s/he has an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher in one of the disciplines to be included in your MIS degree plan (or a closely related field) and recognition by the Director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs that the goals outlined in the applicant's statement of purpose can be achieved through our academic offerings.

Or,

Category Two

If a student does not meet the criterion of Category one, s/he may still be admitted by:

A) An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 cumulative and 2.8 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours of work leading the bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines to be included in your MIS degree plan (or a closely related field). Students with this GPA will be required to take the GRE exam and achieve a score of 155 or higher on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam and achieve a minimum level of 3.0 on the analytical writing section of the exam.

B) At the discretion of the division director, students who do not have the acceptable GPA or GRE scores may be admitted on probationary status for one semester only and must fulfill specific GPA and/or course requirements.

In addition to the above requirements, each applicant must submit the following directly to the Graduate School:

1) A 300-500 word statement of goals and objectives. The purpose of this statement is to address why the applicant believes that the MIS degree at Stephen F. Austin State University will help achieve his/her academic and professional goals.

Deadlines for Applications

Application due dates for the MIS Program are as follows:

Fall Semester- August 1st

Spring Semester- December 1st

Important Program Notes

1) All requirements for MIS degrees must be completed within six years of first graduate enrollment.
2) To remain in good standing, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (B average) on all graduate work.
3) No D's and no more than two C's may be counted toward graduate degree requirements.
4) No more than two graduate classes may be repeated (only the higher grade counts for repeats). The GPA may not be improved by retaking a course at another university.
5) Students wishing to transfer graduate credit earned at another university must have written approval from the division director.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Michael J. Martin, Director
Division of Multidisciplinary Programs
PO Box 6082-SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6082
(936) 468-6537