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Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor's Degree

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What is a multidisciplinary studies degree?

Our Multidisciplinary Studies (MdS) degree is a program that allows you to combine your educational goals with your previous coursework to create a customized plan of study.

Our dedicated advisors will look at the credits you've taken and where you want to go, and determine the best way to get you there. The MdS degree is an ideal fit for adults who want to return to school to complete their degree.

You will take courses in three of five areas:

  • applied, technical, and professional
  • arts and humanities
  • communication
  • history and social sciences
  • science and health science

How long will it take to complete?

Depending on how much transfer coursework you bring with you, how closely it fulfills requirements, and how many courses you decide to take per term, we estimate that with 60 semester credits at admission, you can finish the program in two (full-time course load) to five years (two courses per term).

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Admission

Fall Semester Application Deadline | March 1 (priority); August 1 (final)
Spring Semester Application Deadline | October 1 (priority); December 1 (final)

Admission Factors

  • Completion of 30 credits with a preferred GPA of 2.5+
  • Grade trends
  • Performance in relevant coursework
  • Two-year break in pursuit of your degree (need not be a continuous two-year span)
  • Demonstrated ability to meet curricular and developmental expectations of individualized undergraduate education

Application Steps

  1. Make an appointment with Enrollment Advisor Jeff Olsen Krengel to discuss your goals and interests.
  2. Work with Jeff to apply for admission.

Find out more about transferring to CCAPS. 

Requirements and Courses

Your program will consist of 120 credits, which will include:

  • MdS 3001W Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies (3 credits). New students typically take MdS 3001W during their first semester. In this course you will develop a written plan to articulate your goals and course of study.
  • 30+ at the U of M, Twin Cities campus
  • 15+ after program admission
  • 50+ upper division in three of the five curricular areas below* (15+ credits per area)
  • One oral communications course (Options: ABUS 4023W; COMM 1101, 1313W, 3411, or 3605W; MGMT 3033W; PSTL 1461 or 1464; WRIT 3257)
  • University of Minnesota liberal education requirements

You may select to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) by tailoring your areas selected (see below)*.

A BA degree must include 12 credits of languages or cultures other than the student’s native language or culture.

A BS degree must include at least one upper-division course in quantitative or critical thinking.

Talk with an MdS advisor and see Transferology for more information.

Study Abroad

You may have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree. Talk to your MdS advisor for more information.

* Areas of Study

Choose three of the five and take 15 or more credits in each.

In this area of study you can take classes in the following areas, including classes from the Carlson School of Management.

  • Applied Business
  • Business and Industry Education
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Educational Psychology

The Arts and Humanities focus area covers a broad range of topics, including:

  • African Studies
  • Afro-American Studies
  • American-Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Architecture Studies
  • Art History
  • Studio Arts
  • Classical Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Studies
  • English
  • Asian Languages and Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts and Dance
  • Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Communication topics include:

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Writing Studies
  • Upper division second language courses

In the History and Social Science area, you can study:

  • African Studies
  • Afro-American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Chicano Studies
  • Child Psychology
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of Medicine
  • Mass Communication/Journalism
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Science and Health Science courses can be taken from a variety of units, including:

  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology)
  • Department of Kinesiology
  • Department of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Center for Spirituality and Healing
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Natural Resources

What can I do with a Multidisciplinary Studies Degree?

Multidisciplinary Studies students demonstrate initiative and tenacity. They find jobs anywhere from financial institutions to manufacturing companies, where their unique skill set can thrive.

  • 89% Students gain paid employment
  • 5% Students pursue additional education
  • $76K Median salary

MdS alumni in the first year after graduation (averages of the years 2019−2020)

Some Positions of Graduates

  • Accessibility Consultant
  • Client Strategy/Engagement Lead
  • Clinical Applications Trainer
  • Compliance Officer
  • Director of Technical Services
  • HR Business Partner
  • Information Technology Project Manager
  • Lab Supervisor
  • Office Assistant
  • Plant Manager
  • Principal Engineer
  • Program Support Specialist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Training Coordinator

Visit the Career and Internship Services website for more alumni data, job search and internship resources, and employment listings. 

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

COVID-19 Information

Prospective Students: Please connect with enrollment advisor Jeff Olsen Krengel with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Current Students: Reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.

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The U of M Online website offers helpful tips and resources for students for successful online learning.

Let's Connect!

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Meet Jeff Olsen Krengel

I work with prospective students interested in designing their own degree program (Health & Wellbeing Sciences, Inter-College Program, and Multidisciplinary Studies). I'm available to answer your questions and help you find a program that meets your needs. In my free time, I can be found reading, running with my son, or visiting a brewery. I am an avid sports fan cheering for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota United FC, and Liverpool FC.

Give me a call at 612-625-4340, email me, or schedule an appointment on my calendar below.