To apply to the MAIS program, interested students will complete an online application to the OSU Graduate School. MAIS applications are not made to individual program areas. The process involves a few steps:

  1. Choose 3 Fields of Study
  2. Contact the MAIS Director
  3. Contact the Graduate Directors for each Field of Study
  4. Complete the Graduate School's Online Application
  5. Application Review

Applications must be completed by March 1. Please note that some graduate programs have earlier deadlines - consult with the Graduate Directors in each field of study for this information.


1. Choose 3 Fields of Study

Every MAIS student has 3 fields of study. One will be the primary and the others second and third fields.

The first step in applying to the MAIS is to consider which fields will work for you. Any graduate major or minor field from participating OSU departments can serve as an MAIS field – Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a full list of possible programs.

Note that two of your three fields may be in the same department, provided they are distinct areas of study. For example, within Speech Communication, both Rhetoric and Interpersonal Communication could serve as fields of study because they are distinct subfields within that department.


2. Contact the MAIS Director

The next step in the process is to contact the MAIS Director. The Director will work with you on your interests and goals, and discuss your three possible fields of study. The Director is also a resource for any questions you have about the MAIS program.


3. Contact the Graduate Directors for Each Field of Study

Each department or unit at OSU that offers graduate coursework will have a Graduate Director among its faculty. For each field of study, you need to contact that person – they can help you understand what to expect, the types of courses you will take, what requirements they have - and help provide guidance as to whether a particular field is right for you.

Graduate Directors will be identified on each department’s web page.


4. Complete the Graduate School's Online Application

OSU’s Graduate School application is now online. All those interested in applying to the MAIS program must complete it, including a Statement of Objectives that specifically addresses the candidate’s interdisciplinary goals. The Statement  will discuss, in 750-1000 words:

  • the three areas of study being proposed
  • how they fit together to lend themselves to interdisciplinary study
  • the rationale justifying why an interdisciplinary degree is being sought, as opposed to a degree based in a single discipline; and
  • how the proposed academic objectives will help the applicant meet career or other goals beyond earning the MAIS degree.

5. Application Review

Applications will be reviewed concurrently by the MAIS Admissions Committee and the three departments or programs specified on the application. The application will also be reviewed by the OSU Graduate Admissions office. All of these reviews must approve the application before you can be admitted into the program.