A journey’s second step is as important as its first. The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers a program tailored to your academic objectives. By offering options from other RRU programs, we’re able to provide an education shaped by your unique aspirations.
At Royal Roads University, we understand that your job and personal life can’t always take a backseat to your education. That’s why we offer graduate degrees that equip you for the professional demands of life while enabling you to meet personal ones.
Proximity to the RRU campus doesn’t have to be an issue. You can choose to do your MA in Interdisciplinary Studies completely online, or you can include a short-term on-campus residency in your program. Our graduate students succeed because they’re given the chance to achieve a healthy balance between the real world and real-world education.
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers master’s degrees comprised of elements from other RRU programs (leadership, education and technology, change management, justice, conflict analysis and management, etc.), enabling us to provide an education shaped by your unique aspirations. Students benefit greatly from an individualized education that offers programs pursuant to their unique interests and schedules, while employers are attracted to candidates capable of meeting the specific demands of the professional world. That’s how everyone wins. That’s why Royal Roads graduate students are always in demand.
Royal Roads University draws more than just master’s students seeking an active role in the design of their educational experience. It also attracts driven, focused individuals who want more from their careers and who share a common desire to apply their education meaningfully throughout their organizations and communities. Most of our graduate students are already working professionals. That’s why we’re committed to providing a program that integrates professional experience with a practical education.
This graduate degree program is offered in two formats: online or a blended delivery that combines online coursework with one on-campus residency. And since we’re committed to providing individualized education, all of our students work closely with our program advisor to develop individual academic plans tailored to their specific needs. Drawing from two or more areas of study, this unique system enables Royal Roads graduate students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study that combines personal passion and professional interest.
*This is not an independent studies or cohort model program. Courses are not self-paced and their start and end dates can vary.
Requiring 2-2.5 years of study, this degree program provides flexible scheduling options that combine online MA degree learning with one optional short-term on-campus residency.
*Each online course can require up to 20 hours of study per week. Working professionals are encouraged to take this into consideration when developing a program of study in the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program.
Four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum GPA of ‘B+’ (3.33/4.33).
Normally, a minimum of three years of professional experience.
While an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study is recommended, applicants may be assessed for admission on the basis of their skills, knowledge and background developed outside traditional learning structures. This flexible admissions approach opens doors to higher learning for qualified candidates who otherwise might not meet traditional admission requirements, and thereby serves the needs of a diverse group of students.
English Language Proficiency
If English is not your primary language, please review our English Language Requirements.
Ideal candidates are self-directed and highly motivated and possess strong interpersonal, research, and communication skills. MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) students move between cohorts and need to be comfortable with completing an individualized program at their own pace while integrating into student teams from different programs.
A total of 36 credit hours are required. INDS500, INDS505, and INDS510 are required courses for all options. Courses INDS500 and INDS505 must be taken at the beginning of the schedule before other courses can be taken, as they are foundational courses for the rest of the program.
Step 1: Choose Your Delivery
All courses are taken online
Select both online and blended courses
You may select one residency as part of your program schedule
Step 2: Design Your Program
Select 27 credits (9 courses)
Select 15 credits (5 courses)
Include a Major Project (12 credits)
Select 15 credits (5 courses)
Include a Thesis (12 credits)
Step 3: Choose Your Courses
View the complete list of required and elective courses.
A total of 36 credits are required.
In addition to the courses listed below, there are courses available through graduate certificate programs in various subject areas, including professional communication, leadership, project management and human resources management.
Required Online Courses
ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity
INDS500: Theory in Interdisciplinary Studies
INDS505: Academic Writing and Critical Thinking across Disciplines
INDS510: Social Science Research Methods
INDS515: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Ways of Knowing
INDS525: LGBTQ2S+ Global Issues and Community Engagement
INDS535: Outdoor Experiential Education
Major Project/Thesis Option
A period of 12 months is allocated to work on the Major Project or Thesis.
Students may choose one major project/thesis option:
INDS640: Major Project
Below is a list of residencies that include two or more courses in individual program areas. Students may choose one of the program area residencies below.
VBLD510: Values-Based Leadership: Being Best for the World
VBLD512: Values-Based Collaboration and Partnerships
VBLD514: Leadership, Culture and Sustainability
Transfer of Graduate Certificate Option
Students who have completed a for-credit Royal Roads graduate certificate may ladder up to 12 credits into the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Students who have completed a graduate certificate for credit at other institutions may be able to transfer up to 12 credits into the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, subject to review of the certificate.
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