Rudy Garns, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
The Integrative Studies program offers students a flexible, interdisciplinary program through which they develop master’s level expertise that meets their personal or professional goals. Working with the graduate program director, students design an individualized plan of study to address a complex, real-world problem or issue that goes beyond the scope of traditional disciplinary or professional programs. Students choose graduate courses from two or more different disciplines. They then integrate insights and methods to create a rigorous capstone project or master’s thesis.
This program is ideal for those seeking intellectual enrichment or professional enhancement. MAIS graduates are excellent problems solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and effective communicators. Graduates from interdisciplinary programs are what many companies call “T-shaped professionals”- individuals with both breadth and depth of knowledge, who can integrate knowledge from a variety of sources, who are innovative, and who can understand problems from different perspectives.
Office of the MAIS Program
The program office is located in SL 410. For more information call (859) 572-1450, email IST@nku.edu or visit our website at http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/integrativestudies.html.
Program Admission Process
In order to be considered for regular admission to the MAIS program, applicants will need:
- An application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work.
- Two letters of reference from persons qualified to evaluate potential for successful performance in the graduate program.
- A personal resumé that reflects both work and academic experience.
- A written statement of purpose indicating professional or personal goals, the intended academic focus for the plan of study, and the relevant knowledge or skills that might figure into the anticipated interdisciplinary research.
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