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Delivery Model

This unique program allows each student to work directly with faculty to create an individualized schedule of study that draws together courses of personal and professional interest from other masters and graduate certificate programs at Royal Roads University. Students select no more than 50 per cent of their courses from any one program to assure interdisciplinary breadth of study. Individuals may do one on-campus residency in another masters program, or they may complete their degree completely online.

Online Courses

Online courses are not independent studies courses; they have deadlines for assignments and, more importantly, require posting deadlines to foster the fruitful exchange of ideas that make virtual communities thrive. In building your schedule of study, working professionals should consider taking no more than one online course at a time as each course can require up to 20 hours of work per week.

On-Campus Residencies

Students who elect to do a residency work on two or three courses simultaneously in a blended model of delivery. Residencies begin with a pre-residency online, followed by two to three weeks of intensive on-campus coursework and subsequently, several weeks of post-residency work. While the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program recommends a residency in another masters program during the course of studies, residency options demand unimpeded time on-campus.

The MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program is driven by a student’s interdisciplinary research and career interests. A prospective student’s application needs to provide a rationale for the proposed combination of courses and academic fields of study.

Whereas most graduate interdisciplinary degrees draw from traditional, single disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, ecology, etc.), Royal Roads’ MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program offers a unique take on interdisciplinarity. This program draws not from single disciplines but from multidisciplinary academic program areas (e.g., humanitarian studies, environmental education and communication, leadership, etc.); in addition, the program focuses on applied research instrumental to working professionals’ career goals.

Individualized Schedule of Study

There are three paths through the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies degree:

Coursework

A student completes 36 credit hours of on campus or online courses

  • 6 credits in two required courses in interdisciplinary theory and methods
  • 30 credits accumulated by completing courses in MA or graduate certificate programs 

Major Project

A student completes 36 credit hours of on campus or online courses

  • 6 credits in two required courses in interdisciplinary theory and methods
  • 18 credits accumulated by completing courses in MA or graduate certificate programs
  • 12 credits dedicated to a major project usually aligned with a student’s professional field

Thesis

A student completes 36 credit hours of on campus or online courses

  • 6 credits of required courses in interdisciplinary theory and methods
  • 18 credits accumulated by completing courses in MA or graduate certificate programs
  • 12 credits dedicated to a master’s thesis

Where needed, a student may take advantage of a directed study course to further familiarity with scholarship in a particular area of study.

Prospective students must contact the College of Interdisciplinary Studies to discuss development of their unique program schedules.

Questions

For questions about curriculum, please contact: 

Jaigris Hodson, Program Head
Academic and Student Management
College of Interdisciplinary Studies
250.391.2600 ext. 4598
jaigris.hodson@royalroads.ca