Frequently Asked Questions
What is the organizational structure of your interdisciplinary graduate programs (IGPs)?
There are three main organizational structures:
The first group admits students and confers degrees much like a department but has no departmental structure. These three are all in the College of Liberal Arts. These programs appear below:
The second group admits students to the program directly but the students eventually graduate from the department of the major professor. Degrees at Purdue are awarded only by programs which are approved by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education. These include:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Ecological Sciences & Engineering
- Food Science
- Information Security
- Life Sciences
- Philosophy and Literature
The third group may review and recommend admission but the students must be admitted by a department. Students have a Concentration added to their transcript upon completing requirements set by the program. They may or may not be required to complete requirements of their home department in addition to the IGP requirements. These include:
In addition to these three types of IGPs, Gerontology has a “dual title degree” program in which students complete requirements for one program and additional requirements for the Gerontology Program. Both programs appear on the transcript.
Do you have a model or template that proposers are asked to use in developing interdisciplinary graduate programs at your institution?
Yes, it is provided in Appendix F of the Policies and Procedures Manual.
Do you have unique, innovative ways of offering interdisciplinary studies to your graduate students (without developing specific graduate programs)?
Any graduate faculty member can act as major professor for any student, regardless of program, as long as both program heads approve. When a student files their plan of study, approval is required from both heads under these circumstances so there are no surprises later.
How are interdisciplinary graduate program offerings funded, i.e., centrally, jointly by departments, colleges, etc.?
Some have received funds from the Office of the Provost and are managed by the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in the Graduate School , while others are funded by participating academic departments or by colleges where they reside. The Graduate School does provide a significant number of first-year fellowships that are earmarked for IGP students.