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Multidisciplinary Studies Program Overview

The Multidisciplinary Studies (M.D.S.) major at Ashland University requires the completion of all general baccalaureate degree requirements, two cognate areas and MDS 490: Multidisciplinary Studies Capstone Experience. As a comprehensive major, the two cognate areas and the capstone experience must total at least 60 credit hours.

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In Person

Credit Hours



4 years


How Do I Know if This Program Is Right for Me?

A Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies is an excellent fit for students who possess diverse academic interests and seek a customized educational experience. This degree program allows individuals to tailor their curriculum to align with their specific career goals, combining courses from various disciplines such as business, humanities and social sciences. It is particularly suitable for those who wish to explore interdisciplinary fields, pursue unique career paths or require flexibility due to personal or professional commitments. With its emphasis on versatility and adaptability, a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies empowers students to build a well-rounded skill set that is highly valued in today's dynamic job market.

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Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation.


Admission to the Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major is not automatic. To apply, submit the MDS Major Proposal Form.

The proposal form requires:

  • A list of all courses taken to date for each cognate area, as well as any proposed courses yet to be taken for each cognate area.
  • The proposal should define a systematic body of knowledge and demonstrate a logical progression within the curriculum. Movement through the major should progress from an introductory to an advanced level.
  • Once the program is approved by the two faculty MDS Liaisons and their respective deans, the completed proposal will be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office for verification and inclusion in the student’s permanent file.
  • A separate permission form is required for enrollment in MDS 490: Multidisciplinary Capstone Experience. This form must be submitted along with a proposal for the project to be conducted during the capstone: MDS 490: Multidisciplinary Capstone Form.
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Contact Information

Contact the MDS Coordinator with questions regarding the application process:

Moseman, Cindy
Cindy Moseman, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Coordinator
Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program
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