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What is a Multidisciplinary Studies degree?

Unlike most degree programs, a Multidisciplinary Studies degree is not a predetermined course of study. Instead, it consists of a unique combination of courses chosen by you based on your specific educational and career interests.

Why should I choose a Multidisciplinary Studies degree?

You might choose a Multidisciplinary Studies program if your specific goals and interests cannot be met through Boise State University’s existing majors. Under the guidance of your academic advisor, you can combine courses from different disciplines to create your personalized degree. This degree allows you to focus your studies on a variety of subjects in order for you to become a well-rounded, highly educated individual.

What are some career options for Multidisciplinary Studies graduates?

Job possibilities are available in many areas since the Multidisciplinary Studies degree is not directed toward any specific career. With a Multidisciplinary Studies degree, your career options are significantly broader than if you were to graduate with a specific degree such as nursing or mechanical engineering. Depending on how you tailor your degree plan, a Multidisciplinary Studies degree can prepare you for a variety of careers. Some examples of job possibilities include education, science, the humanities, and business.

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Can I be accepted if I have less than 58 credits?

Fifty-eight credits is the minimum number of credits you need in order to be accepted into the MDS degree. We would be happy to work with you to apply and be accepted at Boise State University where you can take courses to get you to the 58 credit minimum. Or, you may consider taking some CLEP or DSST exams to obtain additional credit. See your advisor for more information.

Can I be accepted if I have less than a 2.25 GPA?

A cumulative GPA of 2.25 is the minimum GPA you need in order to be accepted into the MDS degree. If you are close to a 2.25 we would be happy to work with you to take courses to get you to the 2.25 GPA minimum. See the advisor for more information.

What qualifies as life experience?

The MDS program requires life experience outside of being a traditional student, which could include time as a full-time paid employee or volunteer, family care provider, military, or other non-academic life experience. We can help you determine if you meet the life experience requirement. See the advisor for more information.

How many credits are required for this degree?

A minimum of 120 total credits are required for the MDS degree. At least 40 credits need to be upper division, and of those 40, you must take 12 credits toward the major required credits, and 18 credits toward an area or areas of emphasis. If you haven’t met your Boise State residency you will need to take a minimum of 30 upper division credits.

Can I complete this degree online?

Yes! You can complete your Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies degree at Boise State completely online by following the Online track to fulfill your degree requirements. Be sure to work closely with your academic advisor to fulfill any other remaining requirements outside of the major requirements.

Will I be able to take all the classes I need in the evening or on the weekends?

You can complete your Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies degree at Boise State with a combination of online, evening, and/or weekend classes by following the Flex track to fulfill your degree requirements. Work with your advisor to find courses that are available when you need to take them.

Will I be required to take prerequisites before I can take certain courses?

Yes, if there are prerequisites to a particular course you plan to take you will need to satisfy the prerequisite requirement prior to taking the course.

Do I still have to take all of the general core requirements?

The University Foundations Program is the general education portion of an undergraduate degree for students entering Boise State. If you haven’t satisfied all of your University Foundations courses you will be required to fulfill them before you can graduate. Transfer credits are evaluated on a course-by-course basis and you may be able to appeal to have a course you took at another institution count toward your University Foundations courses. Work with your advisor to learn about how you can appeal your transfer credits. More information about University Foundations requirements can be found on the University Foundations website.

Will I be required to take a math course?

Yes, a Foundation of the Discipline math course (FM) is required to graduate with the MDS degree. You may take the Accuplacer Exam to determine what level of math you can take.

What grade do I have to get in the University Foundations courses?

A “C-” or better must be achieved in all University Foundations courses.

Is there a minimum grade requirement to courses I transfer from another college?

Yes, all transfer credits must be a “C-” or better in order to count towards the 58 credits. Lower division courses do transfer into Boise State. A minimum of a 2.25 GPA is required for admission into the MDS program.

Will I be able to get credit for a similar course I may have taken at another college?

Boise State accepts all college level classes from regionally accredited institutions. If Boise State has an equivalent class, you will get credit as if you had taken that class at Boise State. If Boise State does not have an equivalent class, you will get general elective credit. You can find a list of approved transfer classes from other common colleges in the area on the Registrar’s home page. An academic adjustment proposal can be completed for courses you may have taken at other colleges, not on this list. See the Boise State undergraduate catalog for more information on academic adjustments.

How quickly can I complete this program?

At a minimum, this degree can be completed in 2 semesters if you attend full-time. In addition to the 18 upper-division credits toward your area or areas of emphasis, the MDS degree requires students take a minimum of 12 upper-division credits required after admission to the program. This includes taking MDS 305 in your first semester of acceptance, MDS 315, MDS 375, MDS 385, and finally MDS 492 and MDS 495 in your last semester of the program.

Am I required to take a certain number of credits each semester?

We highly recommend you take courses at your own pace depending on your work/life balance.  While there is not a credit requirement for this program, we recommend you take at least one course a semester.  If you are receiving financial aid the number of credits you need to enroll in depends on the types of aid offered to you and what aid you have accepted.

What is the minimum GPA required to graduate with a MDS degree?

You must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 with a GPA of 2.25 in your 21 upper division credits specific to the MDS major in order to graduate with your BA in MDS.

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