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MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (MAIS)

MAIS ADMISSIONS PROCESS

  1. Admissions Committee – The MAIS Admissions Committee will consist of the MAIS Program Director, who will serve as the chair of the committee, and 2-3 rotating members from different colleges that have MAIS students. Colleges that have significant participation in the program will be assured representation on the Admissions Committee. Colleges with fewer students in the MAIS program will periodically be asked to serve. The rotating members will be recommended by MAIS major professors and committee members working with MAIS students, and they will be recruited by the MAIS Program Director. The charge of the committee is to screen applicants to the MAIS program, looking in particular at the statement of objectives that asks students to specify their three proposed fields of study and how they can be integrated for purposes of interdisciplinary study.
  2. Requirements – In addition to OSU graduate admissions requirements, the MAIS will require a statement of objectives that specifically addresses the applicant’s interest in interdisciplinary study. The statement of objectives will discuss, in 750-1000 words, 1) the three areas of study being proposed; 2) how they fit together to lend themselves to interdisciplinary study; 3) the rationale justifying why an interdisciplinary degree is being sought, as opposed to a degree based in a single discipline; and 4) how the proposed academic objectives will help the applicant meet career or other goals beyond earning the MAIS degree.
  3. Admissions Criteria – The MAIS Admissions Committee will make its admissions decisions based upon the entire application, with particular focus on the statement of objectives in order to screen for an applicant’s aptitude for interdisciplinary study.
  4. GRE Scores – The MAIS program does not require GRE scores to be admitted into the program. Some departments and programs, however, do require GRE scores for all applicants into their respective programs, and applicants will have to meet those requirements in order to be considered for the MAIS program. Applicants can find this information by contacting departments and programs directly.
  5. Application Deadlines – The MAIS program application deadline is March 1, prior to the fall term you wish to enter the program. Some departments and programs have application deadlines that are prior to March 1, and applicants will have to meet those deadlines in order to include that department or program as part of their MAIS course of study. Applicants can find this information by contacting departments and programs directly.
  6. Admissions Procedure – Applications will be reviewed concurrently by the MAIS Admissions Committee and the three departments or programs specified on the application. The application will also be reviewed by the OSU Graduate Admissions office.  All of these reviews must approve the application before you can be admitted into the program.

The MAIS Program Director will review the applications first to make sure they are complete. Applicants may be asked to revise the statement of objectives if it does not sufficiently meet the criteria specified. They may also be asked to change one or more of their fields of study. Some programs and departments do not participate in the MAIS, or do not participate as primary fields of study, and so applications may require a change before they are considered.

Applicants have to be admitted by the MAIS Admissions Committee and all three departments and programs to be admitted into the MAIS program. If an applicant is accepted in only two of the departments and programs, she/he can contact the MAIS Director to request that OSU Graduate Admissions submit the application to another department or program for consideration. In such cases, applicants will need to rewrite the statement of objectives to reflect the new interdisciplinary combination. At this point, the MAIS Admissions Committee will review the revised statement of objectives, and the newly selected department or program will consider the application.

  1. Appeals – Applicants whose applications are rejected by the MAIS Admissions Committee can appeal the decision by contacting the MAIS Program Director. The MAIS Program Director will then consult with the Admissions Committee and/or the department or program in question to develop a response to the appeal.
  2. Funding – The MAIS program does not award assistantships or other forms of direct funding to students. However, some departments and programs offer assistantships to their MAIS students. Applicants should contact academic departments and programs directly for information on funding, and should send any funding application materials directly to departments and programs. The MAIS program has no requirements of departments and programs regarding funding decisions, and offers no input into funding decisions.