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Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Individually-Designed Programs of Study

An individual interested in exploring advanced studies in a field that transcends established academic/institutional boundaries may design a program of study in consultation with faculty and the Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies. A program for this degree must involve at least two academic departments/units and it must cross traditional disciplinary organizational structures and programmatic lines of study. An individual interested in this program will need to develop a general proposal that can be reviewed by faculty who, in turn, must agree that they will participate in the program if approved. Before agreeing to participate in the supervision of an interdisciplinary M.S. student, faculty must obtain the consent of their departmental chair or dean.

During the initial semester, the specific curricular requirements of the program must be worked out with a supervisory committee consisting of a chair and at least two additional faculty members representing at least two different departments or programs. Before the end of the first semester, the proposed program of study should be submitted to the Graduate School for review. Students will be admitted to the Graduate School on a conditional basis, allowing them to take courses as a non-degree student, until the proposed program of study receives full approval. Students will be fully admitted to the Graduate School after the interdisciplinary program proposal is approved.


M.A.  Programs

Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

 The Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities is a special track within the Interdisciplinary M.A. awarded by the Graduate School. As currently practiced, Bioethics is an inherently interdisciplinary field, located principally at the intersection of philosophy, the law, and the health care professions, such as clinical medicine and nursing, but drawing as well from social science disciplines as diverse as sociology, clinical psychology, and social work. The aim of the program is to provide students with the skills necessary to work in clinical and hospital settings from an enriched ethical knowledge base. Students will be exposed to the philosophical underpinnings of health care ethics as well as real-time clinical moral decision-making. This M.A. program will emphasize the need to examine concepts of race, gender, and culture as well as to learn to incorporate an ethically sound appreciation of difference and diversity.

For more information about this program, contact Andrea Sinclair at (502) 852-6501.

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M.S. Programs

Interdisciplinary Tracks of Study: Interdisciplinary M.S. Concentrations

Faculty may propose interdisciplinary tracks of study that will form the basis for suitable areas of concentration to train students. The track must meet the criteria outlined above in terms of minimum credit hours and the distribution of coursework across disciplinary lines.

 Proposed areas of concentration and interdisciplinary tracks of study will be subject to approval by the following academic bodies:

  1. Unit Curriculum and Budget Committees
  2. Graduate Council
  3. Faculty Senate
  4. Provost.

The development of an interdisciplinary track is the responsibility of the faculty, but the Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies will provide assistance and guidance. Participating faculty must have the consent of their departmental chair or dean to participate in an Interdisciplinary Track.

Ph.D.  Programs

Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics

Applicants to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. with a Concentration in Bioinformatics program will enter a focus area of Biomedical and Natural Sciences; Computational Sciences; or Mathematics and Statistics. In lieu of this formal program, Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for an ad-hoc interdisciplinary degree in bioinformatics.

For more information about this program, contact Eric Rouchka at (502) 852-3060

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Requests for further information or assistance should be addressed to:
Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Houchens Building, Suite 105
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6495


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