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Bachelor of Arts

Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS)

The Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) is an integrative degree program designed to help students creatively combine their ideas and experiences with new, interdisciplinary learning opportunities 1) to better understand the context and discover new connections; 2) to create mindful, collaborative, and productive relationships; and 3) to become reflective and adaptive learners.

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Among The Top In The Nation

Earning a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University can help open doors to opportunities and a promising future. Boise State’s online programs are specifically created for online learning and offer the same support as our traditional degree programs, and were also recently ranked in the near top 10% of online bachelor’s degrees in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Boise State Online ranked in the near top 10% of best online bachelor degree programs by U.S. News and World Report
Boise State Online ranked in the near top 10% of best online bachelor degree programs for veterans by U.S. News and World Report

Bachelor's of Arts, Multidisciplinary Studies Program at a Glance

What Can You Do With a Multidisciplinary Studies Degree?

Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) offers students a rare level of creative ownership and educational freedom — an opportunity to highlight passions, extract more value from past experiences, and imagine new futures.

MDS focuses on both breadth and emphasis-level depth and asks students to assemble a meaningful, compelling, and individualized degree plan that integrates their ideas, experiences, and personal and professional goals with relevant and purposeful academic opportunities.

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How Do I Apply To This Program?

To be considered for program admission, applicants must have a minimum of 58-semester credits with a 2.25 GPA.
To apply to the MDS program:

  • Meet with a Student Success Coach to discuss your past education and experience, your personal and professional goals, and your academic interest areas.
  • Submit a Personal Impact Statement.

*Students who do not meet the credits required should explore our Online Degree Pathway or contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

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Connect With A Coach

We’re here to help! From deciding if an online degree is right for you to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

Please note, students are required to meet with a Student Success Coach before being admitted to the program.

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How Much Does This Program Cost?

The following is an example of the total program cost for a fully online student completing the 30 credits of program-specific courses required to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies. This estimate also assumes you begin the program as core-certified. Should you need additional courses to reach core-certification, additional course fees will apply.

Boise State Undergraduate Admissions Application Fee$50
Courses (30 total credits @ $350 per credit*)$10,500
Books (estimate)$1,200
Graduation Application Fee$20
Approximate Total Investment$11,770
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access which are all required for this program.Varies

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How Can I Tailor My Degree To My Interests?

Make your degree as unique as you are! Choose an emphasis area of courses, certificates or other programs to add to your degree based on your interests. Your personalized degree plan gives you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.  

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What Support Will I Have?

The Boise State Multidisciplinary Studies program features a network of individuals who are here to make sure you are a success in the program! From Student Success Coaches who guide you through the admissions process to Advisors who help you overcome challenges as you navigate your degree plan, to Faculty who spend time examining subjects and how they apply to your life outside of school, to staff who work to remove barriers for students and ensure as smooth a journey as possible for students, we are here to help.

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MDS Flex Program

In the Flex pathway, your major required courses are fully online, while the classes you select toward your degree plan could be face-to-face, evenings/weekends, online classes, or a combination of all of the above. You will work closely with your academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your goals.

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Admitted Students - Schedule Advising

Once you’ve completed your program orientation, you’ll be assigned a Student Success Advisor. Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. Together you will discuss and develop a plan for your degree.

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We Bring The Blue To You

Boise State Online MDS students can be found across the nation as noted by the blue pins on the map below. Learn more on this interactive map, or visit the Google map.

Multidisciplinary Studies Students - Fall 2021

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Multidisciplinary Studies News

First semester trials and triumphs: how a growth mindset helped a new multidisciplinary studies student
New Boise State Online student Jessika Wass shares how she found an online degree program
The MDS Degree Helps Students Reach Life-long Goals
Online MDS Program Helps Student Finish What He Started

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