Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Curate a Graduate Degree Specific to Your Goals

About the Online MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Program

You’re experienced, driven, and ready to seize an opportunity for growth in your career. And you know exactly what skills you need to develop. A traditional master’s degree just won’t do; you’re looking for something different — a degree that allows you to get all the skills you need and none you don’t. With Athens State University’s online Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, you’ll get a flexible, entirely customizable graduate degree that allows you to pick the exact courses you need to meet your career goals.

By applying the traditional doctoral degree process to a master’s education, the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies gives you complete agency over your academic experience. Aside from three required courses — Introduction to Research, Basic Statistics, and a capstone thesis — the program is entirely made up of electives, offering you the chance to pick and choose graduate courses from across Athens State’s colleges and degrees.

Athens State’s focus on practicality and career readiness means you can be confident that every course you take will be loaded with cutting-edge strategies and real-world experiences that can immediately be applied in the workforce. When you earn an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, you gain applicable, career-focused skills in the exact areas you need, allowing you to quickly and confidently seize new opportunities in your career.

Purpose-driven, goal-oriented professionals like you come to Athens State for their MA in Interdisciplinary Studies because we’ll give you the freedom and flexibility to develop the precise skills and strategies you need. How will you put your degree to work making a greater impact? We can’t wait to find out.

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What You’ll Learn in the Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Program

Though your specific course load and curriculum are dependent on your goals and desired skill set, the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies will prepare you for immediate career advancement and instill in you a mastery of research methods. Regardless of the courses you take, the interdisciplinary studies degree will help you:

  • Develop advanced critical thinking and analysis skills

  • Communicate more effectively with professionals and experts from a variety of fields and industries

  • Market your new skills to potential employers or hiring managers

  • Design and pursue in-depth research projects

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Affordable Tuition

Cost per credit for the online Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program is just $348 plus fees.

Athens State boasts one of the most affordable tuition rates among state universities in Alabama and Tennessee.

Athens State offers a flexible tuition payment plan that works with your budget.

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83% of Athens State alumni are employed following graduation — outperforming average national employment rates.*

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Experienced Faculty

The vast majority of faculty members at Athens State have extensive industry experience — or are currently still engaged in their field — and joined academia with the goal of sharing their expertise to help students succeed.

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Small Classes

Our small class sizes — typically around 18 students — and highly engaged, accessible faculty provide a more personalized learning experience.

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Because our tuition is affordable, our alumni typically recover the costs of their education within six years of graduation.*

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The MA in Interdisciplinary Studies allows you to choose from courses across Athens State’s graduate programs, available in online, on-campus, and hybrid formats.

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Founded in 1822, Athens State University is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in Alabama, with 200 years of academic excellence.

*according to a 2019-20 Alabama economic impact study by Emsi Burning Glass

How to Apply

Students seeking admission to the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Meet all requirements of any program from which they plan to take a course

Have questions about the eligibility of your transfer credits? Feel free to reach out to our admissions team at or (256)233-8130. APPLY NOW

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Increase Your Earning Potential With a Graduate Degree

Athens State’s graduate programs are specifically designed to help grow your career, which leads to noticeable financial growth. In fact, the average midcareer annual salary in Alabama is $60,000, but with an Athens State graduate degree, our alumni have seen their annual salaries increase by as much as $11,700. Our alumni are so successful that the average graduate is able to recuperate the cost of their degree in less than six years (according to a 2019-20 economic impact study by Emsi Burning Glass).

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