Independent Interdisciplinary Graduate Program


The I-IGP Curriculum is designed to allow maximum flexibility so that a student may tailor his/her program to individual needs. Therefore, a common core set of courses is not required. However, to ensure training in responsible conduct of research and to broaden professional development, students in the I-IGP will be expected to complete one course in each of the following areas:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit minimum)
  • Proposal writing (1 credit minimum)

Students in the I-IGP will also be expected to complete the following curricular requirements:

  • a participatory seminar course;
  • research credits (number of hours taken are determined on an individual basis by the student's I-IGP Committee and the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs each semester)

 The student’s advisory committee will meet at least annually to monitor the student’s progress in these areas as well as his/her research.

Preliminary and final examinations will be established by the student’s advisory committee. (If a qualifier is required, it needs to reflect the interdisciplinarity of the student's course of study.)

The I-IGP is an interdisciplinary endeavor administered through the Graduate School. The Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs works with the sponsoring departments to create collaborative partnerships for the success of I-IGP students.

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