Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies

Are you a college graduate seeking an advanced certificate you can tailor to your own personal or professional needs?

Our graduate certificate in interdisciplinary studies delivers a unique mix of substance and flexibility to help you attain your goals. Valuable on its own or as a stepping stone to a master’s degree, this certificate can help you advance at a time when synergies among varied skill-sets is in high demand.


The graduate certificate in interdisciplinary studies is a 16-credit-hour program involving seminars and readings, with both required courses and electives.

Required Course (4 credit hours)
IDIS-D 510 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies 4
MIS Seminars (6 credit hours)*
IDIS-D 501 Humanities Seminar 3
IDIS-D 502 Social Sciences Seminar 3
IDIS-D 503 Natural Sciences Seminar 3

*Students are required to take a minimum of six (6) hours of graduate seminars. You must take at least one (1) seminar in two different areas: arts and letters, natural sciences or social sciences. Typically this would mean that you would take a three (3) hour seminar in two areas.

However, we sometimes offer mini seminars (1 credit in one area). In that case, students must take three or more hours in another area to reach a minimum total of six (6) credit hours or more.

If you take more than six hours of seminar, the hours above six will count as electives. All seminars are interdisciplinary. The numbers indicate the division of the instructor and hence the area of emphasis in the course. Instructors do not assume that all students taking their seminars have extensive backgrounds in their discipline.

Electives (6 credit hours)*
One 300- or 400-level course 3
IDIS-D 511 Humanities elective 3
IDIS-D 512 Social Sciences elective 3
IDIS-D 513 Natural Sciences elective 3
IDIS-D 594 Readings 3

*To complete the graduate certificate, students will choose six (6) credit hours of elective courses in a single field of study. You may choose from among courses offered by the Schools of Arts and Letters, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences as well as from those offered by the professional schools: Business, Education, and Nursing. Students may elect to take additional seminars beyond the six (6) hours required above. Any additional hours of seminar beyond six (6) can count as electives.

Students may take the D594 Readings course to focus on a topic or combination of topics that is not available via M.I.S. seminars or 300/400 level courses. Students must submit an application to take D594 to the M.I.S. Director. The application form details the methods to be used to meet the Graduate Competencies for Elective Courses and must be signed by both the instructor and the student.


Advising for graduate certificates takes place both during the admissions process, when the program director schedules an initial conversation with the applicant upon receipt of the complete application, and continuously over the course of the program.

For more information, contact:

Photo of Sara Walsh

Sara M. Walsh Ph.D.

Director, Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Crestview Hall 123
Phone: (812) 941-2296

View biography