The Interdisciplinary Master of Arts (IMA) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to individualize their graduate program to reflect their unique interests through study in two or more academic disciplines tailored to their particular interests and career goals.
IMA students can create a self-designed curriculum for either the primary or minor concentration, or both. Another option for students is to choose an existing AUNE primary or minor concentration or to pursue a Program Plan designed around a specific interdisciplinary field of study such as Autism Studies.
Program Plan Development
The development of the Program Plan is guided by AUNE core faculty. Each Interdisciplinary Master of Arts student selects a faculty advisor, typically from their primary concentration area, to guide their studies. The Program Plan must be approved by the IMA program director and the student’s faculty advisor.
IMA students take courses at a pace which suits their needs. However, there are several common enrollment patterns to help students plan.
Fall I 9 credits (full-time attendance starting in the fall)
Spring 9 credits
Summer 6 credits
Fall II 9 credits
Additionally, the IMA student will take one 3-credit course at a time over four academic years in addition to the specified number of courses added to an existing array of completed coursework.
Like all master’s degree programs at AUNE, the Program Plan for students in the IMA program must meet the following broad program learning goals:
- Develop specialized knowledge
- Extend broad integrative knowledge
- Build application skills
- Enhance intellectual skills
- Deepen civic responsibility
The specific student learning outcomes designed for each IMA student’s Program Plan will contribute to these broad program goals. In addition, it will articulate, both theoretically and in the application to practice, the need for an interdisciplinary course of study.
IMA Program Structure
|IMA Core Courses||33 Total Credits Required|
|Human Development and Diversity|
|Introduction to Sustainability|
|Primary Concentration||15 – 21 Credits|
|Minor Concentration||6 – 12 Credits|
Possible Concentrations from Existing Academic Programs
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Educating for Sustainability
Learning with Information Technology
Social Justice Advocacy
Interdisciplinary Fields of Study
Autism Studies/Applied Behavioral Analysis