Interdisciplinary Studies

The interdisciplinary studies major for either an MA or MS degree provides an alternative for individuals whose desired study plans do not fit the degree offerings of any single existing graduate degree program on campus.

An interdisciplinary studies major consists of an individualized, interdisciplinary program of 30 units, at least half of which must be at the graduate level.The culminating experience requirement may be fulfilled by completion of either a Plan A (thesis) or Plan C (creative project). All candidates for this major must register for departmental thesis units in (299). The candidate must comply with all applicable California Administrative Code requirements as well as university requirements outlined in the SJSU catalog for admission to the graduate program, admission to candidacy, and award of the degree. The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled Competency in Written English for details.

To be eligible for an interdisciplinary studies major, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B") in the last 60 semester units of post-secondary academic work for admission to the Graduate Division. The student must also be eligible for classified admission to at least one of the departments in which he or she expects to take substantial course work for the interdisciplinary studies major.

Graduate students at San José State University who wish to undertake an interdisciplinary studies major should contact the College of Graduate Studies to obtain a proposal for an interdisciplinary studies major and initial approval by the College of Graduate Studies Dean or Associate Dean. After the proposal receives initial approval, the student forms a special advisory committee comprised of at least three full-time faculty members representing the student's major fields of interest. The advisory committee, chaired by one member, must approve the proposed program before the College of Graduate Studies gives final approval.

For additional information, please refer to the following Interdisciplinary Studies Guide (pdf)