Master of Arts in interdisciplinary Studies

***Effective Summer 2023, after approval by the UNC System Office, the former Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is now known as the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.***

Getting a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies allows graduate students to become critical and creative thinkers about a topic of their interest. This, in turn, prepares graduates to succeed and stand out from their peers in a wide variety of careers, including management, human resources, law, university instruction, social justice, and sustainability, among other vocations and additional graduate programs. In fact, what makes this degree unique and exciting is that it is limited only by the student’s interest.

Many organizations now realize that their best employees are ones with skills from interdisciplinary studies programs including a team orientation, improved communication skills, and a creative problem-solving aptitude. Interdisciplinary studies programs foster an ability to continuously learn that is especially attractive in today’s workplace.

Students can also obtain a graduate certificate in a variety of programs to boost their knowledge and marketability. Certificates include Cognitive Science, Communication Studies, Emergency Management, Women’s and Gender Studies, Gerontology, Linguistics, Nonprofit Management, Translation Studies, and Professional Writing while completing the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. We are a full member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)

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Contact Us

Vaughn Schmutz
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Phone: 704-687-7829  

Emmi Conner
Administrative Support Associate
Phone: 704-687-5534

What do we offer?

  • Small classroom settings that foster intellectual engagement with outstanding faculty.
  • Improving skills in critical thinking, communication skills, and creative problem-solving.
  • Networking and community building with other creative, critically thinking students and faculty.
  • A unique opportunity to get a master’s degree in what you are really interested in!

celebrating at the end of the Spring semester

Celebrating at the end of the Spring semester!

What do you get?

For the right graduate students, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies provides one of the few educational opportunities to design a course of study that revolves around your interests and talents. It gives you an advantage in your career and your life to develop skills outside of the disciplinary boundaries that can sometimes feel restrictive. You get a chance to become a critically thinking and creative expert in the area that gives you intellectual passion!