Interdisciplinary Master of Science - Degrees - Graduate School - Montana Tech

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Interdisciplinary Master of Science

The Interdisciplinary Master of Science program (IMS) requires students to work with faculty to design a graduate curriculum tailored to their unique academic, creative and professional objectives. The program is available to both engineering and science graduate students. The IMS program offers a non-thesis option (37 credits) and a thesis option (31 credits). An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required.

Applicants to the IMS program should follow the instructions for applying to the Montana Tech Graduate School, using the IMS application. Because of the unusual nature of this degree program, the IMS has several additional admission and program conditions.

  • Each student needs to establish a program committee prior to admission to the program.
  • Prospective applicants must consult with the Dean of Graduate Studies before beginning the application process.
  • The student must seek out and identify a Program Committee of at least three university faculty members from at least two different academic departments who are willing to serve. At least one committee member must be from a Master's Degree granting department of Montana Tech. The Chair of the Program Committee does not have to be from a Master's Degree granting department. Each discipline in the proposed interdisciplinary program must be represented on the Program Committee. The Graduate School can assist with identifying appropriate faults.
  • In consultation with the Chair and other members of the Program Committee, the applicant will develop a clear set of goals for their research program and curriculum plan.  The curriculum plan must list each course the student will take for the program. The plan should strike a rough balance of work among the various disciplines represented. The Program Committee members and the Department Chairs must approve the proposed degree plan.
  • The Program Committee will act as the student’s department.  The committee will meet to consider the application materials and submit those materials and an admission recommendation to the Graduate School.

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