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Interdisciplinary Studies

176 Master's Degrees Annually
6 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#209 in Popularity (Master's)

Types of Degrees Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many interdisciplinary studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 176
Graduate Certificate 31
Doctor’s Degree 6

What Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to interdisciplinary studies and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

When studying interdisciplinary studies, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies?

176 Master's Degrees Annually
62% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 62% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of interdisciplinary studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Interdisciplinary Studies Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 17
White 105
International Students 20
Other Races/Ethnicities 13

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Interdisciplinary Studies. About 11.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Mexico
  • India

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies made a median starting salary of $42,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $42,300 (25th percentile) and $42,300 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in interdisciplinary studies, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Online Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

In 2018-2019, 291 schools offered a interdisciplinary studies program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 8 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 53 11
Bachelor’s Degree 8 0
Post-Baccalaureate 8 0
Master’s Degree 31 5
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to interdisciplinary studies.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2,661
Nutrition Science 1,439
Sustainability Science 1,184
International Studies 1,182
Computational Science 763
Behavioral Science 724
Museum Studies 710
Gerontology 645
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 630
Biological & Physical Science 611
Human Computer Interaction 562
Dispute Resolution 522
Systems Theory 460
Historic Preservation 292
Mathematics & Computer Science 189
Science, Technology & Society 187
Cognitive Science 152
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 131
Natural Sciences 94
Marine Science 92
Cultural Studies & Analysis 69
Medieval Studies 49
Classical & Ancient Studies 30
Holocaust Studies 30
Maritime Studies 20
Accounting & Computer Science 10
Human Biology 8
Biopsychology 1

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