Interdisciplinary Studies

The Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies offers several interdisciplinary graduate programs that involve combining two or more academic disciplines into one program, letting students expand their skills beyond a single concentration.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Digital Humanities Program

The University of Alberta Digital Humanities Program, established in 2001, is currently one of the top graduate programs in its field in Canada. The program integrates computational methods and theories with research and teaching in the arts and humanities, addressing the demand for graduates to be able to work in arts and humanities research and teaching or the emerging fields of information management and digital content delivery.

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Health Sciences Education

The Master of Education in Health Sciences Education program is designed for all health professionals and clinical faculty. The program explores the challenges and opportunities associated with health professional education and helps students increase their knowledge and skills in the field.

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Offered jointly by the Department of Computing Science in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, the MSc in Internetworking (MINT) program offers a theoretical and practical grounding in the principles of data communications and internetworking and equips students to manage technical projects and/or companies operating in this area.

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The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) at the U of A encompasses more than 90 neuroscientists from 24 departments across five faculties. The NMHI offers a graduate program designed for students who desire broad training in various experimental and theoretical aspects of neuroscience while still conducting specialized research. The NMHI offers both PhD and MSc (thesis-based) options.

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Individualized Interdisciplinary Study

If there is no existing U of  A interdisciplinary program that accommodates your knowledge base or interests, you may propose an individualized interdisciplinary program. Propose this option as early in your program as possible.

Individualized interdisciplinary graduate programs are restricted to thesis-based degree programs only.

To propose an individualized program, students must:

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have a background in at least one of the proposed disciplines
  • Contact the U of  A departments of the proposed disciplines
  • Complete the Individualized Interdisciplinary Proposal form with the participating departments and supervisors
  • Submit the proposal form to the Dean, Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies