M.A. in Cross-Disciplinary Studies
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a self-designed curriculum?
A self-designed curriculum allows students to build an individualized study plan. Students take only those courses that are an exact match for their professional needs, or that are most interesting to them.
Is MACS a self-designed program?
Yes. MACS requires students to take only 4 core courses. All other courses and the content of the practicum sequence are self-designed by the students. Students can choose to pursue any of the courses offered here at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), or at MACS partner programs at the Oceanographic Center, the College of Allied Health and Nursing, or at the Graduate School for Computer and Information Sciences.
Will anybody be there to guide me as I design my own curriculum?
Yes. Dr. McKay, the MACS program chair, serves as an academic advisor to students and helps them design an effective graduate curriculum custom-matched to their academic interests and professional needs.
I am keenly interested in two of your concentration tracks. Do I have to choose one, or can I combine elements of both?
Yes, it is possible to combine courses from two different concentration tracks to fashion your very own, individualized concentration track.
I am interested in MACS but I have a full-time job I can’t give up. How can I combine my job and a Master’s program?
The availability of all MACS courses in an online format makes the program ideal for working professionals. Students can log on to their course on their own time, whenever it is convenient. Logging on is just as easy from home as it is from the office, or from the road.
I understand MACS is available entirely online. Because I don’t live in Florida, I will be a distance student, but I am worried that my limited computer skills will be a problem.
No need to worry. The WebCT environment MACS utilizes is very easy to navigate, and you do not need specialized computer skills to be a successful distance student.
Are any MACS courses available in the traditional classroom format?
Yes. Select courses taught at the Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale and at NSU cluster sites are available in the traditional classroom format.
How long will it take me to finish MACS?
Students who pursue the degree full-time without using transfer credits will in almost all cases be able to finish within 5 quarters. In some cases students will be able to complete the degree within one academic year.
What can I do with a Master's degree in Cross-disciplinary Studies?
There is really nothing you can't do with the degree. Its self-designed structure allows you to take charge of your own graduate learning and choose to pursue those courses that have meaning to your professional aspirations. You can, for instance, use MACS to bolster your current professional identity by enrolling in courses that will build upon specific areas of expertise you already possess. Choosing the Culture and Society track, for example, professionals who are active in the social services field can deepen their knowledge by selecting courses in both Family Therapy and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In addition, MACS can give you the opportunity to enter a new field without having to forfeit the professional and academic experiences that define you now. Also, MACS makes it possible for students to combine their interest in separate fields, for example in medical research and the environment, giving students the opportunity to build expertise in both fields at the same time.
I do not live in South Florida. Do I have to come to campus at any time during the program?
MACS offers students the opportunity to come to Fort Lauderdale to meet with program staff and instructors, and to pursue special on-campus sessions for selected courses they may have chosen. We strongly recommend that MACS students visit NSU’s Main Campus at least once during their time as MACS students, but such a visit is not a requirement.