Why study Interdisciplinary Studies online through OSU?
The online Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is for students who wish
to increase their competence in a particular thematic area by taking a series of courses
in several disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach provides educational opportunities
leading to a variety of careers. The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
requires a minimum of two separate fields of study. The advisory committee will assist
the student in formulating the Plan of Study.
Courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. Courses are taught asynchronously so students can
fit them into their schedules. From lectures to discussions to submitting assignments,
all course interaction can be completed entirely online.
Students work with the Graduate College advisor and the advisory committee to specify
the courses. The course of study must include at least 21 credit hours at the graduate
level (5000 or above). Up to nine graduate hours can be transferred from a regionally-accredited
graduate program with consent of the advisory committee. The student chooses one of
the following master's degree plans:
a 30 hour plan, including a six-hour research thesis;
a 32-hour plan, which may include no more than three hours of research with a grade
of "SR." May include a culminating experience (e.g., final report, internship, practicum,
comprehensive exam, and portfolio or capstone project).
An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00 is required for unqualified admission.
Students with a grade-point average between 2.50 and 3.00 may be admitted on a probationary
Include a cover letter indicating the personal goals and professional objectives to
be obtained from the program
transcripts from all schools previously attended
three letters of recommendation from persons who can describe abilities, interest,
and motivation as a student
a proposed course of study with an endorsement from an OSU faculty adviser.
Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies (thesis option) master's program
will complete 30 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below
are calculated based on 2021-2022 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available
on the Bursar website.
2021-2022 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour
Total cost per 3-credit hour course
Total program cost based on 30 hours
* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2021-2022 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they
factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if
not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer
Cost will vary when courses are offered across disciplines in multiple OSU academic