Arizona State University / West Campus

Interdisciplinary Studies

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The MA degree in interdisciplinary studies offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is an innovative program that allows students to combine the study of two or more disciplines.

Founded on the conviction that solving problems in the 21st century often requires an interdisciplinary approach, this flexible program provides exposure to a variety of research methods, historical perspectives and modes of inquiry.

The program offers access to faculty members who are active practitioners of interdisciplinary inquiry. Working with the faculty, students may define their own area of emphasis or adopt an existing area such as American studies; cultural studies; gender studies; digital media art; or philosophy, rhetoric and literature.

Graduates pursue doctoral work or careers in a variety of fields, including advertising and marketing, arts therapy, documentary film production, gallery direction, entrepreneurship, higher education administration and museum curatorship.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Graduate Education online admission application, including application fee
  2. official GRE scores if undergraduate GPA is below 3.00
  3. official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country
  4. a statement of purpose that describes the educational background, scholarly interests, and academic and professional goals of the applicant
  5. three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who know the applicant's work well (if not available, then from individuals in supervisory or professional roles)
  6. an academic writing sample (if not available, then an example of professional writing)
  7. resume or curriculum vitae (optional)

After admission to their degree program, WRGP qualified applicants may apply to the WRGP program by submitting the WICHE WRGP Application Form found at

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Graduate Studies
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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