MAIS courses are eight weeks in length for three credits each. Courses are offered sequentially, with two 8-week courses offered each semester. The capstone course is worth six credits and spans two 8-week terms. A student can complete the MAIS program in two years or five semesters by starting the program in the fall and taking two courses per semester, including the summers.

A course sequence for a new student in the MAIS program may look like this:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
MAIS 57100 INTERDISCIPLINARY INQUIRY 3
MAIS 57200 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH 3
 Hours6
Spring
MAIS 57300 METHODS+APPROACHES DISCIPLINES 3
MAIS 5XXXXDisciplinary Course 3
 Hours6
Summer
MAIS 5XXXXDisciplinary Course 3
MAIS 5XXXXDisciplinary Course 3
 Hours6
Second Year
Fall
MAIS 55790 PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT 3
MAIS 5XXXXDisciplinary Course 3
 Hours6
Spring
MAIS 55800 CAPSTONE 3
MAIS 55820 CAPSTONE II 3
 Hours6
 Total Hours30

Students may choose not to complete the program in five or six semesters. Students should be aware that the capstone proposal development course is offered in the fall semester only. The capstone course sequence is offered in the spring only.

Students who do not have approval of the capstone proposal at the end of the semester when they take the capstone proposal development course may continue in the next semester to work on the capstone proposal. They must register and pay for one credit hour of continuing research to pay for the college resources and advising. Students who do not complete the capstone at the end of the semester when they take the capstone course may continue in the next semester to work on the capstone. They must register and pay for one credit hour of continuing research to pay for the college resources and advising. Students have a maximum time of five years total in which to complete the MAIS program from the time of enrollment in the program until completion of the capstone. Students who do not finish within the 5-year limit may apply for an extension. No extensions will be given beyond seven years. Students who continue to work on capstone proposals or on capstones must register for one credit hour of continuing research in each semester in which they use college resources and advising. Students may stop out of the program by informing the program directors before the start of a semester, and they will not be charged for the semester. Students may not use advising or other college resources during the period when they are not enrolled. Students may not graduate in a semester in which they are not enrolled.

Assignment of Capstone Advisors

The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Professional and Graduate Studies assigns capstone advisors to each student at the beginning of the capstone proposal course. The semester prior to taking capstone proposal, students are required to schedule a meeting with the Associate Dean to discuss potential capstone projects so that advisors can be selected. Every effort is made to match the student with faculty members whose expertise and research interests are the best fit for the proposed capstone project.

Students who have a capstone topic and have been assigned capstone advisors may choose to change the topic and/or capstone advisors during the capstone process. They must consult with the Associate Dean in order to do so. The requirements for changing topics and advisors depend on how far the student has gotten in the capstone process.

A student who is currently enrolled in the capstone proposal development course may change the capstone topic and capstone advisors without paying an extra fee. A student who has completed the capstone proposal development course or has had a capstone proposal approved may change the capstone topic and advisors by paying a fee equivalent to one credit hour of graduate tuition to cover the cost of new advising. In addition, the student must register for the 1-credit continuing research course needed for the next semester of work on the new capstone proposal. A student whose advisor or advisors become unavailable through no fault of the student's is not required to pay an extra fee for a new advisor or advisors.

A student who changes capstone topics and advisors after having received approval for the original capstone proposal must write and receive approval from the advisors and from the MOC for a new capstone proposal. A student who changes topics and advisors may retake the capstone proposal development course or the capstone course for no credit, if they have previously taken it at no charge to the student.

Biology Concentration

To enable biology teachers to earn a master’s degree through the MAIS program by doing a biology concentration in our program, students will take the 3-course introductory MAIS sequence, 12 of the 18 credit hours in biology required for credentialing to teach at their high school, and the capstone proposal development and capstone course sequence. They must write an MAIS capstone. The total credit hours for the program with a biology concentration will remain at 30 credit hours. Teachers seeking the 18 hours required by the state may take those over and above the MAIS program as non-degree seeking students once they have finished the MAIS program or as additional hours not counted for MAIS program completion.

The Center for Adult Studies remains responsible for these teachers and their progress towards the 18 credit hours. They also remain responsible for determining if these candidates enter the program with the appropriate prerequisite biology knowledge to take the graduate level courses. It may be possible for a non-CAP student to take a biology course as long as they can demonstrate appropriate prerequisite knowledge using previous transcripts.