Jun 25, 2024  
2019-2020 General Catalog 

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.)

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Program Summary

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.) provides an opportunity for students to build a graduate degree from three disciplines, resulting in a unique interdisciplinary experience. This 30-credit degree allows students to develop an individualized program of study, tailored to students’ personal passions and career objectives. Students will enjoy the flexibility of online and/or face-to-face courses, taught by highly qualified faculty.

To build the individualized 30-credit M.I.S. program of study, students complete 12 credits of interdisciplinary core courses in addition to 9 credits each* (totaling 18 credits) from two of the following programs of study:

  • Arts Administration
  • Aviation
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Online Training
  • Cybersecurity & Information Assurance
  • Education
  • General Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Online Teaching
  • Leadership Studies
  • Professional Communication
  • Public Administration
  • School Library (endorsement available)*
  • Special Education (no endorsement)
  • Systems Quality Leadership & Management
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (no endorsement)

M.I.S. students will complete their program with a 3-credit capstone (INDS 6900 - MIS Capstone Project ), 3-credit internship (INDS 6890 - Interdisciplinary Internship ), or 3-credit thesis (INDS 6910 - MIS Capstone Thesis ), which provides students the opportunity to show they have achieved mastery of the course competencies in the academic areas and they are able to synthesize these competencies into a meaningful whole. If the capstone project cannot be completed within one semester, students must be continuously enrolled in INDS 6901 - MIS Capstone Continuation  until completion.

* Students may complete a total of 18 credits within the School Library learning block, to complete the master’s degree with the 12 credits in the interdisciplinary core.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “B-” (2.7) or better to be counted in the program.
  • Students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to graduate. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA average may be dismissed from the program.
  • Graduate courses cannot be repeated more than once.
  • Graduate students must complete their program within six (6) years of matriculation.
  • Students may transfer up to 12 graduate credits from a regionally accredited master’s program. See program advisor for details.

Admissions Requirements

For a student to gain admittance into the MIS degree, they must:

  • Be successfully admitted to the Graduate School at SUU based on University standards in Policy 6.61;
  • Provide transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited university;
  • Submit a résumé; and
  • Submit a Letter of Intent that addresses the following:
    1. Why have you chosen the MIS degree?
    2. How do you plan to use your MIS degree professionally once you graduate?
    3. If your GPA is below 3.0, what have you done to advance your skill set?

All students who have been accepted into the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program at SUU are expected to make adequate academic progress towards graduation. This means:

  1. A student with active status in the program must be continuously enrolled for a minimum of one (1) credit hour during each semester of each academic year they are in the program. This policy may be adjusted (with department chair approval) to accommodate particular circumstances;
  2. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to maintain active status in the degree program. If the cumulative GPA falls below this point, the student loses their standing in the program and must reapply for admission;
  3. As per SUU policy, a student may retake a course to receive a better grade, but the last grade received is the grade reflected on the transcript;
  4. Students have a maximum of six (6) years from the date of initial enrollment to complete the degree; and
  5. Students are expected to meet with the program advisor during the enrollment period preceding each new semester. It is important that students meet with an advisor prior to registration for each new semester.

For more information about SUU’s graduate policies, click here.

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum Summary (30 Credits)

Core Courses (12 Credits)

Students must take INDS 6000 and INDS 6850 before they begin any MIS coursework, unless they receive permission from the MIS Program Director.

Capstone Course

Select one of the following:

Select 9 Credits Each from Two of the Following Learning Blocks (18 Credits)

Arts Administration

Students must first meet with the Arts Administration Program Director for permission to take this learning block.

Business Administration

Students must first complete BA 6000 before they take any other business administration course.

Cybersecurity & Information Assurance

For this program, students need to be able to remote connect in order to work in a virtual environment. Students should be AF certified or Network PRO. For students without a certification, they must also take EET 2750 - PC Hardware  (3) and IS 2600 - Data Communications and Networking  (3). EET 2750 and CSIS 2600 are prerequisite courses and will not count towards the MIS degree/Cybersecurity & Information Assurance concentration.

General Studies

This learning block is specifically designed for those transferring in an academic discipline that SUU’s MIS degree does not include. There is no curriculum attached to this course. It is solely for the purpose of course substitutions for transfer courses.

Leadership Studies

Students may not count one of the courses listed below for both the learning block and the core leadership course requirement or the Systems Quality Leadership & Management learning block. Contact the program director for help in identifying an appropriate substitute course if necessary.

Public Administration

Students must first take PADM 6000 before they take any other public administration course.

School Library

Students may select either 9 or 18 credits from the following courses. Students who complete all 18 credits will not need to complete another learning block and will also be eligible to receive a Utah School Library endorsement. Students must take LM 6100 either concurrently with or before other LM courses.

Systems Quality Leadership & Management

Students may not count the courses listed below for both the learning block and the core leadership course requirement or the Leadership Studies learning block. Contact the program director for help in identifying an appropriate substitute course, if needed.

Total Credits, M.I.S. Degree: 30


Please note that some students may ultimately earn more credits than listed above for the master’s degree. If the capstone cannot be completed within one (1) semester, students must be enrolled continuously in INDS 6901 - MIS Capstone Continuation  until completion.

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