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Cross-disciplinary Studies teach students about the meaningful synergy among various disciplines. With a team of interdisciplinary faculty members from diverse cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, students learn how to combine the theories and practical applications of such areas as gender, diversity, culture, environmental studies, the health sciences, human rights, and qualitative research. Cocreate your own degree.

The Master of Arts in Cross-disciplinary Studies (MACS) degree program requires an 11-course (33 credits) sequence that includes 4 core classes, 1 practicum, and 6 elective.

Students in MACS have experiential learning opportunities in a variety of settings, linked with their professional interests. Students have been engaged in profit and not-for-profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, schools, colleges and universities, and many others.

Graduates have gone one to pursue doctoral degrees, law school, and other graduate education, as well as careers in areas such as teaching, not-for-profit management, social service organizations, student affairs, coaching, and consulting.


Students complete one practicum during their course of study. Practicum placements have been established in an array of settings depending on student's areas of study. Students are also encouraged to explore and initiate a practicum setting specific to their own individual interests.

Final Portfolio Project

MACS students will complete a final portfolio project in lieu of a comprehensive examination. The portfolio project is designed to demonstrate the cross-disciplinary perspective students acquired and honed in the program.

  • Title Page
  • A 3-5 page, double-spaced, narrative reflection that explains what the student feels they have gained from the program, and how they believe their completion of this program will serve them in the future.
  • Two different papers or projects that the student produced during the program coursework, that are most representative of their time in the program, are to be included. Each should be preceded with a brief introduction that lists the course name, semester, professor, and the assignment for which the project was produced. The assignment description may be brief and paraphrased.

Portfolio Submission
The portfolio should be submitted electronically to the Program Manager. Once the portfolio has been reviewed and approved by the Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies, and all other program requirements have been met, students will be instructed to apply for graduation.

Getting it done!
The department’s aim is to assist you in achieving this final milestone. Here are some options for support.

  1. Weekly Write-Ins - At the weekly writing groups, faculty, graduate, and professional students come together for dedicated time to focus on writing your dissertation, research, grants, or other projects. This writing group meets on Mondays from 6-8 pm in the Writing and Communication Center (Alvin Sherman Library, Room 430), and online via GoToMeeting. There, you will get assistance in writing and compiling your portfolio. If you bring your 2 papers or projects, you may be able to complete the entire portfolio in one session! 
  2. Meet with someone in the administrative office, in the Mailman-Hollywood Building, to discuss the way forward (please make an appointment).
Fall Winter Summer
MACS 5210: Interdisciplinary
Research & Writing
(residential and online)
MACS 5030: Interdisciplinary
(residential and online)
MACS/CSA 6130: Practicum I

MACS 6900: Capstone
MACS 6900: Capstone
MACS 6900: Capstone
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