A graduate program at the University of El Paso designed by students to meet
their individual needs.
The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program (MSIS) fulfills
the needs of designed for graduate students who have interests that extend
beyond a single academic program. The MSIS degree is a self designed program
that can be used for a wide variety of purposes.
MSIS students design their own degree requirements. During their first
semester each student designs a plan of study consisting of: classes in at least
three departments in the college of science.
Degree requirements are:
* 36 Hours of credits, only 9 of which may be approved senior level
undergraduate classes the other 27 must be graduate classes
* Classes must include at least three departments, with no more than 15 hours
in one subject. No more than 12 hours may be taken in any other single
* 6 hours of thesis or research may be applied to the degree. Many students
have found that a thesis improves their chances of employment and admission to
Many of our current students are using MSIS as a way to obtain a graduate
degree in environmental sciences. An approved list of classes that can be used
for environmental studies is available from the program director.
Other students have used the MSIS as a way to expand their opportunities with
their current employers. Middle and High School teachers have used MSIS to
provide themselves with a broad background in science to expand the subjects
they can teach.