Master's in Interdisciplinary Science

Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 8035 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No 
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 2 letters of  recommendation, résumé, objectives

The professional interdisciplinary science master's program (PRISM) is designed to increase the student's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise; add competence in business, systems engineering and communication; and provide an online learning experience. A practical real-world internship as well as a research/ development experience is encouraged.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for admission should have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section. GRE scores from the general and subject tests are recommended but not required.

Degree Requirements

The thesis option concludes with an oral presentation/defense of the thesis. The nonthesis option concludes with an oral or written final program examination/presentation.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow all master's degree policies governed by the graduate programs office. This includes arranging for the final program examination committee and scheduling the examination within the required time frame.

The master's degree is conferred on students who have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 31 semester credit hours of graduate study. A thesis is optional.

Core Courses (13 credit hours)
  • BUS 5601 Essentials of Business Development 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Examines necessary tools required to plan and run a successful business venture. Requires integration of concepts, methods and models from accounting, economics and marketing in forming a business plan for a product or service in a case study.

    First course in a two-course sequence.
  • BUS 5602 Essentials of Business Development 2
    Credit Hours: 3

    Builds on BUS 5601. Examines and uses concepts, methods and models from the functional business areas of statistics, finance, management and law. Requires students to integrate each component into a complete business plan.


    BUS 5601 

    Second course in a two-course sequence.
  • ISC 5200 Professional Interdisciplinary Science Master's Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1

    Exposes students to a broad range of topics from STEM, business, government and nonprofit sectors. Discusses the challenges of these topics during weekly informational seminars. Includes possible report presentations of student internship and research projects from groups/teams.

    Program chair approval
  • SYS 5310 Systems Engineering Principles
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the fundamental principles in systems engineering (SE) that deal with system life cycle phases with emphasis on requirement and design methodologies. Key topics include SE definition; life cycle methodologies, tools and techniques; evaluation of system and technology alternatives; reliability and maintainability; trade-off models; and SE management tools and techniques.

  • Restricted Elective (online only) Credit Hours: 3
STEM Courses (12 credit hours)

Students choose from approved courses under any STEM area (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in consultation with the student's advisor.

Electives (6 credit hours)

Students may select specialized STEM courses or courses broadening the interdisciplinary component in consultation with student's advisor.

Internship/Research (0 credit hours)

Students choosing internship experience are expected to take part in an experience in industry, business or academia, or a federal agency, nongovernmental organization or nonprofit.

Students choosing the research experience are expected to take part in an experience in industry; a small, high-tech company; national/international research laboratory; or academia.

Thesis Option (6 credit hours)

Six semester credit hours of research substituted for the same number of semester credit hours from the STEM or elective area.

Total Credits Required: 31