University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Master's of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

How do I go about constructing an individually designed program?

You can enter the program with a pre-designed curriculum plan, or you can create one as you go along. The key is to identify some core professional/personal/academic themes/interests that will focus, and integrate, each of your courses, independent studies, internship experiences, and writing projects. All of this can be worked out both in advance, and in process, with your advisor. Because the Interdisciplinary Program does not offer certification or licensure, there is tremendous flexibility in the way that students can create an individually-designed program. Hundreds of previous students extol the freedom, autonomy, and interdisciplinary flexibility of the program.

How will I know if the Interdisciplinary Program is right for me?

Professor Nash can answer questions about a potential fit between the student and the program. He has interviewed hundreds of students since 1972, and he knows what works and what doesn’t, depending on an applicant’s particular needs, background, interests, and academic/professionl/personal goals. Professor Nash is available throughout the program to support Interdiscipinary students.

What can I do with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree?

The answer to this question depends on each student’s personal, professional, and academic goals. There is no standard response to this question. Because most Interdisciplinary students are already currently employed professionals, they don’t necessarily seek this degree to find a job. Nevertheless, many students have succeeded in either creating, or finding, new positions through the years. Some in-place professionals seek the degree for career advancement (either laterally or vertically) in their current positions. Other students seek a graduate degree mainly for its intrinsic benefits. These students want the intellectual (interdisciplinary) stimulation of graduate school seminars, writing projects, collegial relationships, and the pursuit of new knowledge and professional practice for their own sake. Some students pursue the Interdisciplinary degree in order to identify a future doctoral course of study. And some students actually put together a broadly conceived, interdisciplinary course of study in order to determine which career path might be best for them in the future. For these students, interdisciplinary graduate study is an exploratory adventure.

What do Interdiscipinary Degree graduates think of their program?

The feedback through the years has been uniformly excellent. Whenever requested by potential applicants, Professor Nash can provide a selective list of graduates who can respond to specific questions about the program. This list of graduates will include professionals who might work in a candidate’s particular field of employment or who might share a particular intellectual interest. What every single graduate of the program tends to highlight in informal exit interviews is the program’s overall flexibility, its interdisciplinary richness, the freedom of each student to put together an individualized program of study, and, most of all, the program director’s continual encouragement, and support, to pursue individual academic, personal, and professional interests. Actually, the best promoters of the Interdisciplinary Program are its current, deeply committed students as well as its highly enthusiastic alumni.

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