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Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor's Degree

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  • Credits: 120 total (including 50 for admission)
  • Courses: Evening, online, and daytime options
  • Format: Self-designed

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).


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

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

Admission Factors

  • Completion of 50 credits with a preferred GPA of 2.5+ (pre-admission consideration available with 30 credits)
  • 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. Attend an information session (if you can't make a session, call 612-624-4000 for other arrangements).
  2. Make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your goals and interests.
  3. Work with your advisor to apply for admission.

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.

  • Applied Business
  • Carlson School of Management
  • Business and Industry Education
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Educational Psychology
  • 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 Studies
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Writing Studies
  • Upper division second language courses
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 72% Students gain paid employment
  • 17% Students pursue additional education
  • $54K Median salary

MdS alumni in the first year after graduation (averages of the years 2011−2016)

Some Positions of Graduates

  • Senior Project Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Director of Safety
  • Chief Operating Officer    
  • Project Coordinator   
  • Network Administrator
  • Principal Accounts Specialist   
  • VP of Sales and Marketing
  • Systems Engineer
  • Client Liaison
  • Senior Business Systems Analyst
  • Copywriter/Content Strategist

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.

Sign Up for an Event and Learn More

Get started by attending a small-group meeting where you'll learn more about the Multidisciplinary Studies program. If you are unable to attend an Information Session, you can schedule an appointment with our Enrollment Advisor.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

In-Person Hours: Monday−Friday 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours: Monday−Friday 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.