Interdisciplinary Studies

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Master of Arts

Program Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. Michael Norton

Phone: 501.569.3312


Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) for all undergraduate work. Candidates with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission.
  • Written statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing the applicant’s academic and/or professional background and preparation as well as specific interests for disciplines of study and interdisciplinary goals within the MAIS program.
  • Two recommendation letters addressing the candidate’s background and potential for success in graduate study (letters may come from various sources: academic reference are preferred. If candidate has no academic references, contact graduate coordinator to discuss other options).
  • In addition to the letters, applicants will provide contact information for three references (names, addresses, phone numbers, email if applicable, and relationship to applicant). Two of these should be the reference letter writers. The reference contacts should also be academic or professional.
  • Submission of a writing sample, to follow either A or B below:
    • A: Applicant will submit an academic paper that was written in the last 5 years, between 5 and 10 double-spaced pages in length (if the paper is longer than 10 pages, applicant may send an excerpted version with brief explanation of overall project);
    • B: Applicants who do not have an academic paper written in the last 5 years will submit an essay of 1500-1800 words, responding to either question 1 or 2 below (applicant’s choice):
      • 1. If you could have written one scholarly work or produced one artistic work that is well known in your primary discipline of interest, what would it be? Describe the work and explain why.
      • 2. Which course in your academic career to date has been the most important for your intellectual or artistic/creative development? Explain why.
  • Possible interview with the program coordinator or admissions committee.

No more than nine credit hours of appropriate graduate course work taken at another institution may be transferred into the program. The MAIS graduate coordinator will determine whether or not graduate courses taken at UALR prior to admission to the program will count toward the 36 hours required.

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