Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

The M.I.S. degree program provides an opportunity for the highly motivated student to pursue a unique course of study that combines graduate course work in a learner-centered approach to graduate education. The student is an active participant in proposing a curriculum that supports an individualized and scholastically rigorous academic goal in a clearly defined, multidisciplinary program. To expand the program’s range of options and interdisciplinary perspectives, the program allows for cooperative ventures with other approved colleges and universities.

For more information on the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program visit the VCU Bulletin.

Admission criteria

In addition to the general VCU Graduate School requirements and the general requirements for admission to the M.I.S program, applicants who are proposing an individualized course of study must:

  • Schedule a preliminary advising interview with the director of the M.I.S. program to discuss academic goals and curricular proposals
  • Articulate in the written statement of intent:
    • The applicant's academic goal
    • How the M.I.S. degree program will facilitate the achievement of that goal
    • How a more traditional program does not meet those goals
  • Complete a preliminary curriculum proposal form identifying the specific course work that will support the academic goal articulated in the written statement of intent. To request this form, email

Students who are interested in working toward a degree are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible, since a maximum of six credit hours taken as a nondegree-seeking student may be counted toward the degree.

Members of the admission committee include the directors of graduate study of the two focus areas identified in the curriculum proposal and the director of the M.I.S. program.