Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MA-IS): Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies: Faculty of Humanities

Master of Arts – Integrated Studies

The Master of Arts in Integrated Studies (MA-IS ) is a graduate program that integrates interdisciplinary scholarship with self, community, and workplace through a process of transformative learning. Aligned with Athabasca University’s mission as an open institution, the MA-IS program is learner-centred and flexible in its accommodation of diverse students, allowing them to determine their own path of learning according to personal interest and curiosity based inquiry. The MA-IS program facilitates a creative process of emergent learning that emphasizes meaning-making in the 21st century and that aims for the development of socially engaged public intellectuals.

Athabasca University’s Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MA-IS ) degree offers students a unique opportunity to engage in a program of study that spans the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The degree is comprehensive in scope but specific in focus, requiring students to choose at least one focus area from among several areas of inquiry. Students are taught to think holistically, critically, and reflectively, and to focus on the articulations and points of overlap between specialized and generalized knowledge. Exposure to a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary methods prepares students to envisage and pursue innovative solutions to a variety of problems. The degree teaches students to situate and contextualize knowledge and practices on a broad intellectual continuum that integrates theories, methods, and practices from the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Athabasca University’s MA-IS degree attracts recent and longtime graduates from a wide range of disciplines, careers, and professions. Some possess baccalaureate degrees in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, others in the natural sciences and professions. What all MA-IS students share is a desire to engage in multidisciplinary studies that reflect their interests and lived experience in the community and workplace. Current and past MA-IS students include: administrators (private, public and NGO ); educators (adult educators, teachers, and trainers); directors, managers and supervisors; homemakers; nurses; social workers; members of the correction, military, and police services; and religious leaders from various faiths.


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