Interdisciplinary Studies

The interdisciplinary studies major for either an MA or MS degree provides an alternative for students whose desired study plans do not fit the degree offerings of any single existing graduate degree program offered 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), Plan B (project), or Plan C (creative project). All candidates for this major must register for departmental 299 thesis units (Plan A or Plan C) or departmental 298 units (Plan B). 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, maintaining both continuous enrollment and good academic standing, and award of the degree. The University also requires that students satisfy the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

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. 

Graduate students at San José State University who wish to undertake an interdisciplinary studies major should first contact potential advisors to discuss a plan of study and culminating experience. The "Information and Application for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors" form should then be reviewed, completed, and then signed by both the student and faculty advisor. The application is then reviewed by the Associate Dean who will approve the application and notify GAPE to allow admission into the program as either a conditional or fully classified student.  For more information, please contact Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Jeff Honda for more information.