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:

  • GRAD 590 – Communications in Interdisciplinary Research – 3 Credits
  • Additionally two 3 credit courses are required: one inside the students’ home department and one outside of the home department.  These 3 credit courses will be approved by the IIGP Executive Committee and The Graduate School.
  • Students must also meet the responsible conduct in research requirement.  Due to the diverse backgrounds of I-IGP students, this requirement may be met in various ways.  Therefore, responsible conduct in research documentation will be notated on the Plan of Study by the OIGP upon the approval of the IIGP Executive Committee.  Possible Suggestions for Fulfillment Include:
    • GRAD 61200 – Responsible Conduct in Research Lecture
    • Professional Certifications in the student’s chosen field that are updated annually
    • Departmental Equivalent for GRAD 61200 (upon approval)

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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