Graduate education in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences links theory and practice to develop creative and critical thinkers and doers. We offer evening programs for working adults that emphasize interdisciplinary inquiry, collaborative learning, dedicated faculty mentorship, and small class sizes.
Master of Arts in Cultural Studies
Founded in 2008, the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies is designed for a small cohort of students who seek to transform their communities through applied forms of cultural work that engage diverse populations. Through the development of a learning and professional portfolio, cultural studies graduates integrate work completed in core courses, elective courses, and a capstone project. Read more about the Cultural Studies degree.
Master of Arts in Policy Studies
Founded in 2001, the Master of Arts in Policy Studies is designed for a small cohort of students who seek to become agents of change through policy analysis, research, and implementation. The policy studies curriculum enables students to develop foundational skills in policy analysis and to apply those skills in policy arenas ranging from health care and the environment to labor and human rights. Read more about the Policy Studies degree.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics
Launched in Fall 2012, the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics (MFA) is designed to help students develop their creative work through a course of study that encourages exploration and discovery. The MFA degree prepares students for various teaching positions as well as careers in fields that required advanced critical, creative, and writing abilities. Read more about the MFA degree.
The Certificate in Public Scholarship is a 15-credit, transcripted graduate certificate, that enables graduate students to integrate their intellectual, political, and professional interests through engagement with diverse publics. Launched in 2010, Certificate was developed through partnership between the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the UW Graduate School, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities. The Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity will be its new home, beginning 2019. Read more about the Certificate in Public Scholarship on the Simpson Center page.