Master's in Interdisciplinary Science

Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8035 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No 
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 2 letters of  recommendation, résumé, objectives  

The professional interdisciplinary science master's program (PRISM) is designed to increase the student's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise; add competence in business, systems engineering and communication; and provide an online learning experience. A practical real-world internship as well as a research/ development experience is encouraged.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for admission should have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section. GRE scores from the general and subject tests are recommended but not required.

Degree Requirements

The thesis option concludes with an oral presentation/defense of the thesis. The nonthesis option concludes with an oral or written final program examination/presentation.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow all master's degree policies governed by the graduate programs office. This includes arranging for the final program examination committee and scheduling the examination within the required time frame.

The master's degree is conferred on students who have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 31 semester credit hours of graduate study. A thesis is optional.

Core Courses (13 credit hours)
  • BUS 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 5602 Essentials of Business Development 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ISC 5200 Professional Interdisciplinary Science Master's Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
  • SYS 5310 Systems Engineering Principles
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (online only) Credit Hours: 3
STEM Courses (12 credit hours)

Students choose from approved courses under any STEM area (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in consultation with the student's advisor.

Electives (6 credit hours)

Students may select specialized STEM courses or courses broadening the interdisciplinary component in consultation with student's advisor.

Internship/Research (0 credit hours)

Students choosing internship experience are expected to take part in an experience in industry, business or academia, or a federal agency, nongovernmental organization or nonprofit.

Students choosing the research experience are expected to take part in an experience in industry; a small, high-tech company; national/ international research laboratory; or academia.

Thesis Option (6 credit hours)

Six semester credit hours of research substituted for the same number of semester credit hours from the STEM or elective area.