Interdisciplinary Programs

Dual Majors Doctoral Degrees

Michigan State University offers doctoral students the exceptional opportunity to work in conjunction with faculty mentors to develop a dual major doctoral program. Such a program will reflect the required courses and standards for both of the programs with a single dissertation. All dual major doctoral degrees must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. A request for the dual major degree must be submitted via GradPlan within one semester following its development and within the first two years of the student’s enrollment at Michigan State University. In order to receive a dual major, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The intent to receive the degree in two areas must be outlined in the guidance committee report.
  2. The guidance committee will include members from both doctoral programs.
  3. The Ph.D. Degree Plan must reflect the required standards for both doctoral programs.
  4. The integrated course work must be satisfactory to both graduate programs and meet the requirements for awarding of a degree in that program.
  5. The comprehensive examination must be passed to the satisfaction of both departments.
  6. Responsible Conduct of Research requirements will be approved by the guidance committee; they should meet the RCR requirements in both programs.
  7. There must be a single dissertation that represents an integration of the two disciplinary areas.
  8. Guidance committee members from both departments must be satisfied that the dissertation represents a contribution meeting the usual standards in both areas.

Umbrella Degree Admissions Programs

Established Interdisciplinary Degree Programs

In addition to the graduate degree programs offered by individual departments within the university, Michigan State also offers many degree programs which combine the research facilities and faculty of different departments and colleges.

Interdisciplinary Research Facilities