Master's in Interdisciplinary Science
|Major Code: 8035||Degree Awarded: Master of Science|
|Age Restriction: N||Admission status: graduate|
|Delivery Mode/s: classroom, online||Location/s: main campus|
|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.
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
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.
BUS 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1Credit Hours: 3Examines necessary tools required to plan and run a successful business venture. Requires integration of concepts, methods and models from accounting, economics and marketing in forming a business plan for a product or service in a case study.Requirement(s):First course in a two-course sequence.
BUS 5602 Essentials of Business Development 2Credit Hours: 3Builds on . Examines and uses concepts, methods and models from the functional business areas of statistics, finance, management and law. Requires students to integrate each component into a complete business plan.Requirement(s):Second course in a two-course sequence.
ISC 5200 Professional Interdisciplinary Science Master's SeminarCredit Hours: 1Exposes students to a broad range of topics from STEM, business, government and nonprofit sectors. Discusses the challenges of these topics during weekly informational seminars. Includes possible report presentations of student internship and research projects from groups/teams.Requirement(s):Program chair approval
SYS 5310 Systems Engineering PrinciplesCredit Hours: 3Introduces the fundamental principles in systems engineering (SE) that deal with system life cycle phases with emphasis on requirement and design methodologies. Key topics include SE definition; life cycle methodologies, tools and techniques; evaluation of system and technology alternatives; reliability and maintainability; trade-off models; and SE management tools and techniques.
- Restricted Elective (online only) Credit Hours: 3
Students choose from approved courses under any STEM area (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in consultation with the student's advisor.
Students may select specialized STEM courses or courses broadening the interdisciplinary component in consultation with student's advisor.
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.
Six semester credit hours of research substituted for the same number of semester credit hours from the STEM or elective area.