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Interdisciplinary Studies

with a Concentration in Sustainability

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
MSIS 39 hours Thesis No minor
MSIS 39 hours Non-Thesis No minor
MAIS 39 hours Thesis No minor
MAIS 39 hours Non-Thesis No minor
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester - Priority † January 15 January 15
Fall Semester - Standard ∞ June 15 June 1
Spring Semester ∞ October 15 October 1
Summer ∞ April 15 March 15
Summer Midterm ∞ June 1 May 1

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

The Graduate College will continue to process applications received after the deadline for this program, on a first come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. However, identifying a faculty mentor becomes much more difficult during the summer months and for this reason, it is strongly encouraged that students prioritize this part of their application. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, students may no longer apply for the program for that semester.   Applicants will be required to submit a new application, required support documents and fee for admission consideration for future semesters.

Financial Support
In order to be considered for scholarship, fellowship, and assistantship funding opportunities offered by The Graduate College, applications for students planning to attend the program full-time must be completed for review before the Priority Application Deadline. Please note that the application for this program will be available on ApplyTexas at least until the Standard Application Deadline date and then as long as space is available.

Application Decisions
The Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sustainability program has a rolling admissions process in which a Graduate Admissions Committee considers completed applications as they arrive.


Graduate Advisor
Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt mailto
512-245-4689
Family and Consumer Science Building 126A


Dr. Mira Ahn mailto
512-245-4653
Family and Consumer Science Building 211


Advisor Support
Barbara Ilse mailto
512-245-2155
Family & Consumer Sciences 101

 information  Please visit http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/sustainability-studies.html for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are a Texas State University degree recipient or are currently enrolled at Texas State, you need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each four-year college or university attended.  If your prior college or university does not send transcripts electronically, these transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address:.

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of their Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required for regular admission.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Interdisciplinary Studies – Sustainability program does not require an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score prior to admission consideration.  However, if the GPA is less than 2.75, you must submit an official GRE score with a preferred minimum score of 300.  If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred scores will be considered - 1000 (verbal and quantitative combined).  GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College.  The college code for Texas State is 006667. The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.ets.org/greTexas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Intent to Mentor letter from faculty member that will serve as the research advisor and chair of the master's committee
  • Statement of purpose in pursuing the MAIS or MSIS degree

NOTE: Some programs require specific forms to be used when submitting references and essays. Please review the program website listed below.

Applicants may electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rqmt/doc.html.&nb sp; Letters of recommendation may be sent by the recommender via e-mail to gradrqmt@txstate.edu.  Recommenders will need to include the applicant name and date of birth, and preferably an student ID number.

Alternatively, the faculty member may email the intent to mentor statement to the graduate advisor at gh21@txstate.edu.


If you are an international applicant, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.