2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies MS, Thesis Track

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College: Graduate Studies Degree: MS
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Option: Thesis
Program Websites: https://www.graduate.ucf.edu/IDS/
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description

The Thesis Track in the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students the flexibility to develop an individually tailored plan of study using courses traditionally associated with MS degrees. This precision track can combine a variety of concentrations and culminates in a research thesis, which provides excellent preparation for a future doctoral degree or a research-oriented career.

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is an excellent program for a number of endeavors in the twenty-first century. By combining the knowledge from two disciplines, supported by cross-disciplinary electives, students are able to precisely define their own area of expertise. This unique option is ideal for students who have varied interests that can be connected by a common theme or goal.


The Thesis Track in the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program requires 33 credit hours, including 6 credit hours of required courses, 18 credit hours of restricted electives, 3 credit hours of an unrestricted elective, and 6 credit hours of thesis research.

Total Credit Hours Required: 33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Coursework must be selected so that at least 50 percent of credit hours in the program is taken at the 6000 level. Students must earn course grades of “B” or higher to gain credit toward the master’s degree.

Required Courses: 6 Credit Hours

Elective Courses: 21 Credit Hours

Restricted Elective Courses: 18 Credit Hours

Students take a minimum of 18 credit hours in restricted electives, including two concentrations of 9 credit hours of courses each. Course and concentration selections are done in consultation with and with approval of the program director or academic coordinator, as well as with the student’s faculty adviser and thesis committee.

  • Three courses in the first concentration 9 Credit Hours
  • Three courses in the second concentration 9 Credit Hours

Unrestricted Elective Course: 3 Credit Hours

  • Unrestricted elective 3 Credit Hours

Thesis: 6 Credit Hours

Students should select a faculty adviser and form a thesis committee of two additional members by their third semester in the program. Before officially beginning work on the thesis, the student must submit a thesis proposal to the committee for approval. This proposal must cover the thesis topic and plan of approach. By the end of their degree, students will complete 6 credit hours of thesis and successfully defend their thesis. The thesis consists of a common theme with an introduction and literature review, details of the study, and results and conclusions. The thesis must be prepared and submitted in writing as well as presented and defended orally.

  • IDS 6971 Thesis 6 credit hours

Independent Learning

The thesis serves as the independent learning experience. In addition, the required methods course introduces students to research methodology that they will apply to independent research work, and IDS 6308  acquaints students with interdisciplinarity through the use of student-driven analyses, discussions and presentations.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Personal statement addressing the following three items: (a.) Description of the two intended concentrations, (b.) What problems or issues are addressed by combining these concentrations, and (c.) What contribution(s) can the interdisciplinary combination make to society, a field of study, etc.
  • Résumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation (prefer academic references).
  • Proposed program of study identifying the two concentrations and potential courses the student would take if admitted. 
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Applicants should note the minimal requirements for admission to the program, although meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Thesis *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jun 1 Nov 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.



Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Elizabeth Smock EdD
Telephone: 407-823-2853
MH 230

Graduate Admissions

Anthony Tufano
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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