Individualize your graduate program to reflect the unique interests and career goals that you have in mind. Study in two or more academic disciplines and harness a deeper, more holistic academic perspective on the areas in which you choose to focus. Our dedicated faculty advisors are here to make sure that you are receiving the education you need, facilitating in your exploration into areas that you’re curious and passionate about. Together with Antioch faculty, you will custom-tailor an educational experience that is personally catered to what you need to excel personally and professionally.
This degree is offered by AU New England
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. Each IMA student may select a faculty advisor, typically from their primary concentration area.
IMA students create a self-designed curriculum typically drawn from two or three departments. The student develops their Academic Program Plan with guidance from the IMA program director and AUNE core faculty. They choose a topic that is more focused than the offerings of a particular department, but requires the perspectives of other fields. For example, students have created programs such as: Advocacy and Management of Psychological Services; Forest Health and Ecology; and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Another option for students is to choose an existing AUNE certificate for their primary or minor concentration. This program does not offer professional certification.
At the end of the program, an IMA graduate should be able to:
- Understand at least two different ways of knowing, and communicate how knowledge from different disciplines and professions can be integrated to enhance a particular subject of study.
- Employ approaches to promote diversity in your field or profession.
- Become a reflective practitioner who combines theory and practice.
- Express how your work contributes to social justice, and the mission, vision, and values of the institution.
- Articulate the current discourse in your field/s of study, and how that discourse broadens knowledge and deepens practice.
- Employ best practices in your field, and develop the professional skills needed to apply those skills in practice.
IMA students take courses at a pace which suits their needs. Complete your degree in as few as three semesters if you are enrolled full-time!
Here are two common full-time patterns:
For 3 semesters:
- Fall – 12 credits
- Spring – 12 credits
- Summer – 9 credits
For 4 semesters:
- Fall I – 9 credits
- Spring – 9 credits
- Summer – 6 credits
- Fall II – 9 credits
33 Total Required Credits consisting of:
- Human Development and Diversity OR Introduction to Sustainability (3 credits)
- Internship (3 credits)
- Primary Concentration (15-21 credits)
- Minor Concentration (6-12 credits)
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.
How to Apply
- Complete the online admissions application, including:
- Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
- Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
- Non-refundable $50 application fee
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
- Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
- There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
- Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
- Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.
Official transcripts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
A college education is an investment in your future. Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.