What Can You Do with a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies?

Posted: June 17, 2020 | Author: Addison Love | Read Time: 3 minutes

What can you do with a master's of interdisciplinary studies?In a competitive job market, it can be quite difficult to stand out against the others in your field.

This can be especially true when it comes to the choices you make in higher education. There are certain undergraduate degrees that almost every other graduate in the field will have earned, and while those degrees are usually important, it can be easy to get lost in the fray as a graduate. A graduate degree can help professionals stand out, but when the degree is in the same area as a bachelor’s degree, you may have a very similar resume to your competitors. Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) is a fantastic way to fortify yourself as a candidate for career opportunities. It also broadens understanding within an area of expertise as it relates to other topics and sets graduates up to be leading innovators.

What is a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies?

A Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree typically consists of coursework in 2-3 areas. MIS degrees are usually customizable by the students who earn them. They are popular with people who want to have a unique perspective within their field. It is all about intersecting these disciplines to cooperate, collaborate, and innovate.


No person is an island. No matter your chosen career field or field of study, it is very likely that it will end up interfacing with people in other areas of expertise. Real estate agents work with bankers and lenders in buying and selling properties. Musicians interface with Dancers and Videographers in stage and television productions. Electricians work with contractors and plumbers in building houses. Certain career fields interact more with each other than others, and it can be helpful to branch into a deeper understanding of these fields to better work and coordinate with those professionals. An MIS degree is the ticket for developing strong working relationships in your intersectional work environment.


Beyond cooperation, an MIS degree endows you with language and understanding of how best practices and theories from different but related fields can combine and better projects and products. When you understand more than one area of expertise, your network of resources expands to include countless other people who now have more overlapping knowledge with you than if you had remained in a more narrow graduate program. This is the spark that ignites meaningful and impactful collaboration that often creates interesting and effective results. An MIS degree arms graduates with the tools to connect with whole other worlds.


Some of the most incredible innovations in this country have come from the intersection of disciplines. When Elias Howe invented the sewing machine, he needed to understand both the aspects of mechanical engineering that go into building machines that perform tasks as well as understand the mechanics of sewing. Great success in innovation comes from identifying problems and designing effective solutions. One of the best ways to understand problems and provide unique insight to its potential solutions is to broaden your knowledge base. You can use what you learn in one discipline to solve the problems you come across in another and an MIS graduate is well equipped to do just that.


An MIS degree is not only a customizable degree program, but an unbelievable opportunity for those who wish to lead in their fields. A graduate degree will give you the tools you need to be the best you can be. MIS graduates are more cooperative, better communicators, and brilliant innovators.

Learn more about getting your Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Southern Utah University.

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