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“What I find most appealing about the Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program is the flexibility it allows students who balance work with school, and the creative license it offers in being able to pursue courses across disciplines. The faculty, staff, and students in the program have been nothing less than engaging and supportive." - Krista Malaney G'22

Welcome to the self-designed Interdisciplinary Studies in Education master’s degree program at UVM. Students in our program represent a variety of professions in higher education, public and private school education, social and human services, business, health care, government, non-profit organizations, and more.

Our students see themselves as educators in the broadest sense of the term. They coach, train, lecture, teach, write, advise, mentor, guide, administer, lead, and inspire. They join and innovate new approaches to social justice and community building. Our students realize that interdisciplinary studies deepens, enlarges, and enriches their theory and practice. They understand that educational professionals live and work in an interdisciplinary world, and few if any problems get solved by a single academic discipline. Our students enjoy opportunities to advance their educational and professional aspirations and engage in strategies for improving their communities.

  • Catherine Cane

    Success Spotlight: Catherine Cane

    After receiving her undergraduate degree in International Development from Dalhousie University, Catherine return to her hometown of Burlington, Vermont. While working within the Burlington School District, she pursued her Interdisciplinary Studies of Education M.Ed. and wrote her master’s thesis on “The Social Responsibilities of Public Education.”

    Inspired by her studies and its intersections with socio-economic conditions across the nation, she decided to pursue a career in higher education and now works as an Associate Director of Student Services and Academic Advisor.

    “I always seem to come back to the same understanding that education is integral to create social change, and that education has a social responsibility to be inclusive, impactful, and progressive."

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Learning to critically and collaboratively read and evaluate scholarly writing
  • Engaging in collaborative conversations and projects related social justice, ethics, and education
  • Enhancing and developing ideas and research strategies in interdisciplinary studies
  • Learning how to write and revise scholarly writing


Professor Cris Mayo is the program director and advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies students and welcomes inquiries about this innovative master's degree program at You can also email general inquires to


Explore CESS Funding and Scholarships and UVM Graduate College Funding to learn more about financial awards available to qualified applicants (prospective students and current students).

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