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Integrative Studies


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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences


Explore What You're Passionate About

The Master of Arts with a Major in Integrative Studies (MAIS) is all about meshing your interests with your career. When you’re trained in multiple disciplines with skillsets in two or more areas, you’ll find yourself more marketable in a variety of emerging fields. More importantly, the MAIS program can be customized to meet your specific career goals.

The degree offers tracks in Diversity, Interdisciplinary Research Methods, Volunteerism and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Self-Design* track. You can choose the track that is most appealing to you.

*Note: Due to the customization required for the Self-Design track, only a small number of qualified applicants can be accepted into this track each year.

The Master of Arts with a Major in Integrative Studies is a program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individual graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree.

Degree Topics

  • Research methods in interdisciplinary studies
  • Interdisciplinary studies foundations
  • Cultural communication in leadership
  • Addressing diversity in the United States
  • Volunteering in the 21st century
  • Volunteer management

Diversity Track

  • Cultural Communication in Leadership
  • Global Challenges in Leadership
  • Addressing Diversity in the United States
  • Diversity Elective (three hours)

Interdisciplinary Research Methods Track

  • Ethnographic Field Research and Writing
  • Literature Review Development
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies

Volunteerism and Social Entrepreneurship Track

  • Volunteering in the 21st Century
  • Volunteer Program Development
  • Volunteer Management
  • Volunteerism Elective (three hours)

Self-Design Track

  • Self-Design Elective Course (three hours)
  • Self-Design Elective Course (three hours)
  • Self-Design Elective Course (three hours)
  • Self-Design Elective Course (three hours)

Course sequence:

    Cultural Communications in Leadership

    Global Challenges in Leadership

    Ethnographic Field Research and Writing

    Literature Review Development

    Critical Readings in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Advanced Interdisciplinary Foundations

    Addressing Diversity in the United States

    Volunteering in the 21st Century

    Volunteer Program Development

    Volunteer Management

    Research for Master’s Thesis

    Intro to Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies

    Interdisciplinary Foundations

    Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Quantitative Research Methods for Interdisciplinary Studies

    Qualitative Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies



    100% Online

Admission Deadline:

    Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

    Fall, Spring and Summer



Lead in Today's World

This program creates strong leaders that harness cultural differences, and gathers perspectives from across age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds while adapting to constant change.


Strong Career Growth

With courses that include interdisciplinary research methods, cultural communication in leadership, addressing diversity in the United States and quantitative and qualitative research methods, an Integrative Studies master’s degree from OU is a flexible degree that prepares you to succeed in a number of emerging fields.


Academic Excellence

OU’s graduate school experience is built on the idea that our world-class faculty are mixed with professors of practice to provide valuable instruction in a high-quality online learning environment.


An Investment in Your Future

Tuition for the online program is $22,605* for the entire program. Fees associated with the program are included in this cost. Books and materials are additional.

Once accepted into the program, students are required to submit a $350 non-refundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class.


Program Details

STEP ONE: Complete Online Application Form

You can start an online application here. As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application.

STEP TWO: Provide Your Supporting Materials

The online MAIS program requires the following supporting materials:

  • Statement of Purpose: A 300-500 word statement describing your career goals and how the chosen degree program aligns with those goals. The statement should also address educational history, including any disparity in undergraduate GPA, and significant life events leading to the decision to apply to graduate school.
  • Current Resume: Formatted in a professional manner, highlighting past work experience and education.
  • Last Degree Conferring Transcript: Must be uploaded into the online application with the rest of your materials.

Once all required materials have been received, your application file will be sent to our Admissions Committee.

STEP THREE: Review and Evaluation

The review process takes two to three weeks and admitted students will receive communication as soon as an official decision has been rendered. Post-acceptance next steps will be provided to admitted students at this time.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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