Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Arts and Humanities (M.A.)
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (M.S.)
  • International Development Studies (M.S.)
  • Social Sciences (M.S.)
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the interdisciplinary area of study.
  • Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the interdisciplinary field of study.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing, and often through the use of images (tables, figures, and other forms of imagery) and electronic or other forms of media.
  • Articulate how the graduate program, including coursework and creative scholarship, fits into life and career goals.
  • Conduct scholarship, in teams or with independence, in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
  • Demonstrate how the scholarship conducted represents interdisciplinary synthesis of information and perspectives from at least three areas of academic research.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.6 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Melissa Stolt
Phone: 515-294-8003
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
    1137 Pearson Hall
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-2206

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Statement of Purpose, (if not sent electronically with application). This statement should discuss the three subject matter areas that you want to pursue and what your emphasis will be.
  • Program Requires GRE: Yes
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    The fall deadline is July 15th,the spring deadline is November 15th,and the summer deadline is April 1st. International students need to apply at least 6 months prior to beginning of a term.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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