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Program Overview

Design your own graduate degree with the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) from Southern Utah University. This 100 percent online program is designed for students who value the flexibility of including more than one field of focus in their degree, for a degree that is as unique as you are. This program is also a quick way to a degree for students with previous graduate credit*.

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

As a student in this program, you will select two areas of study tailored to your professional interests and career aspirations. With eight learning blocks to choose from across a wide range of subjects, the MIS is perfect for you if you want a degree that integrates knowledge from several disciplines and combines breadth with depth.

Benefit from personalized, one-on-one support from the same highly qualified faculty who teach on campus. Faculty work closely with all MIS students to explore career options as well as develop and progress through a degree plan, ensuring you graduate with marketable skills that support your next professional steps.

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To build your individualized program of study, you will choose two learning blocks from the following options.

Business Administration [+]

  • Take courses in the AACSB-accredited School of Business
  • Choose from eight business subject areas, including leadership, accounting, finance, marketing, and supply chain management
  • Learn how to approach complex business problems and gain relevant business knowledge needed for career advancement

Leadership [+]

  • Explore the psychological aspects of leadership including culture, ethics and gender
  • Study basic leadership approaches and traits to draft a personal leadership vision plan
  • Gain a foundational knowledge of leadership by identifying skills and styles of leadership

Systems Quality Leadership & Management [+]

  • Study W. Edwards Deming’s “System of Profound Knowledge” (SoPK) management theory to improve organizational performance
  • Learn principles such as lean management, Six Sigma quality, Japanese teamwork and zero-defect methods
  • Understand practical management, leadership and public administration theories by participating in an online Deming mini-conference and practicum or a Deming-driven summer study-abroad experience in Japan

Professional Communication [+]

  • Study the impact of technology and social media on the communication process as well as how influential platforms like YouTube, TV, film, advertisements, gaming, etc. influence identity and collective understanding
  • Explore advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage events
  • Complete an integrated social media plan with objectives, strategies, tactics and key performance indicators

Brain-Based Learning [+]

  • Examine experiential learning landscapes (ELL) that apply brain-based learning (BBL) principles using immersive technologies
  • Use the InterPLAY Instructional Strategy (Expose, Inquire, Discover, Create, Experiment, Share) for developing engaging and memorable experiential learning landscapes
  • Explore a conceptual model (Dimensions of xLearning) of basic physiological processes (Perception, Experience, Imagination, Emotion, Reflection, Expression) that occur in the brain in order to discover how and why we learn

Online Teaching [+]

  • Learn the fundamentals of online teaching, learning and design, including the opportunity to develop the shell of an online course within a learning management system (LMS)
  • Gain familiarization with the fundamentals of instructional design for online learning
  • Engage with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context

Music Technology [+]

  • Understand music technology tools, platforms and services used by the modern music entrepreneur and the impact that technology has had on the music business
  • Study the components of a typical sound system, including loudspeakers, analog and digital mixing consoles, inboard and outboard effects, microphones, monitors, etc. as well as venue acoustics
  • Develop an intermediate skill level in the usage of Finale® music notation software for score preparation, part extraction, workflow and preparation for publishing

School Library [+]

  • Examine librarianship as a profession, the role and contributions of school librarians, school library media standards and study foundational principles such as library advocacy, collaboration, and governing documents
  • Explore the administration and organization of library media centers, including budgeting, facilities management, personnel, and collection development
  • Study the evaluation and selection of technologies, educational technology resources, and real-world technology applications in today’s library media center
  • Choose to participate in a practicum involving a professionally supervised field experience in a school, public and/or academic setting

Note: Completion of the endorsement courses is only a portion of the requirements for a Library Media Endorsement from your state. Requirements vary from state to state and often include: a teaching license, a passing Praxis exam score, transcripts, application fee, etc. Teachers should check any additional requirements in the state where they teach.

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Tuition

SUU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition, which includes all fees.

Tuition breakdown:

$430 Per Credit Hour
$12,900 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MIS $430 $1,290 $12,900

Calendar

The MIS program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring A 01/13/20 12/30/19 01/06/20 01/08/20 01/10/20 03/08/20
Spring B 03/09/20 02/24/20 03/02/20 03/04/20 03/06/20 05/03/20
Summer A 05/04/20 04/20/20 04/27/20 04/29/20 05/01/20 06/28/20
Summer B 06/29/20 06/15/20 06/22/20 06/24/20 06/26/20 08/23/20

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online? Begin your online application today!

Admissions

At SUU, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for entering the MIS online program; this section also covers required documents and where you should send them.

Official Transcripts
Minimum 3.0 GPA*
Resume

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MIS online program.

  • Submit graduate application and $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
    • *If your GPA is lower than 3.0, please still apply as you could be admitted on a provisional basis. Please contact an Enrollment Services representative at 833-994-0043 for more information.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Statement of Intent (will be submitted directly on the application form)
  • Submit a professional resume that includes employment history, academic accomplishments, and highlights professional experience
  • You must enter the contact information for three references on your application form. Please select people who can provide details about your academic and/or professional work, and ability to be successful in the MIS program
  • A teaching license is required for added endorsement option in School Library Track

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent directly from the granting institution(s) to:

Email address
gradapps@suu.edu

Mail address
Admissions Office
Southern Utah University
PO Box 8008
Cedar City, Utah 84720

Courses

The MIS online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours) including 12 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours taken in Learning Block 1 and 9 credit hours taken in Learning Block 2.

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All students must take these two courses before they enroll in their learning blocks:

INDS 6000: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will analyze the concepts of interdisciplinary study. Students draft their interdisciplinary degree plan and gain the ability to describe their interdisciplinary degree to multiple audiences.

INDS 6850: Research Methods

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of a professional research project. Additionally, students will explore career options and learning blocks as they draft the required Capstone Statement of Purpose template. Topics include critical thinking, literature reviews, research tools, data analysis, and research reports.

All MIS students will select one of the following:

INDS 6510: Leadership Essentials

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will study and analyze basic leadership approaches, processes, and traits. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of leadership by identifying skills and styles of leadership. Students will draft a vision plan to include communication and innovation. The first section of a portfolio will be initiated in this course and expanding across all three courses in this leadership series will be produced.

INDS 6511: Strategic Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will delve deeper into interpersonal portions of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Students will begin to develop and apply their own individual expertise. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

INDS 6512: Leadership Coaching Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will be introduced to the psychological aspects of leadership including culture, ethics, and gender. Students will create and lead effective groups and teams. Students will build an ongoing continuous improvement plan. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

All MIS students will select one of the following:

INDS 6890: MIS Capstone Internship

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1 (must complete 3 credits)

Provides the student with hands-on experience related to their chosen two or three disciplines from the student’s degree plan of study under the direct supervision of a qualified field expert. Only three (3) credit hours may count toward the degree.

INDS 6900: MIS Capstone Project

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course MIS students plan and complete a professional project as a required capstone experience. Learners will research and address a professional problem, then report the results. The project is practitioner-based and culminates learning from each of the three coursework-based learning blocks. Students will study and apply project management skills including proposal and assessment techniques, then carry out their project. A comprehensive report and presentation will serve as final deliverables.

INDS 6910: MIS Capstone Thesis

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A capstone experience demonstrating the ability to complete a professional thesis in consultation with the graduate committee. Students conceive, research, and produce a thesis in a relevant area of their interdisciplinary degree plan.

Students with an undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB-accredited institution may choose three of the following courses. All other students must select two of the following, plus the Foundations course.

BA 6000: Business Foundations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an accelerated overview of the basic fundamentals of accounting, finance, marketing and the use of Excel that MBA students will require for success in the program. This course is waived for students with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution.

ACCT 6100: Advanced Managerial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course reviews the development and use of management accounting information systems in planning and control activities. Using case studies of actual companies, its focus is on new management accounting practices adopted by the innovative companies around the world.

ECON 6200: Managerial Economics

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application of microeconomic principles to business management and strategy. Includes fundamental topics in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, and organizational economics. Uses business case analysis.

FIN 6100: Managerial Finance

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the capital budgeting process, including estimating the cost of capital and cash flows, correct application of decision rules, and ways of analyzing and dealing with uncertainty in your forecasts. It also discusses key topics in financial management, such as optimal leverage, raising capital for the firm, and equity payout policies.

MGMT 6100: Managing People and Organizations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the principles of organizational behavior involved in managing people and organizations in a business environment. Topics include leadership, motivation, effective teams, conflict and negotiations, power and influence, organizational culture, and change management. This course focuses on the practical application of these principles in a meaningful and ethical manner.

MGMT 6140: Operations and Supply Chain Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The management of operations and supply chain, including such topics as competitive strategy, product and service design, quality management, process improvements, supply chain management, work design management, logistics, and selected areas of operations research.

MGMT 6150: Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of the course is to enable students to prepare themselves to become leaders of organizations and to embark on paths of personal leadership development. The course requires personal curiosity and reflection from students as well as personal openness and sharing in class discussions. Leadership development concepts used in the course will be immediately applicable for students and useful for the rest of their lives.

MGMT 6400: Strategy

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is the capstone course for the MBA, and as such, it will integrate the methods and tools developed in the curriculum to solve the strategic positioning and management issues of the organization. This course is usually taken in the student's final semester.

MKTG 6200: Marketing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on reinforcing, extending, and applying marketing concepts, principles, and techniques through readings, case studies, and secondary research.

Students choosing the Leadership block will select three of the following courses that were not selected in the Core:

INDS 6510: Leadership Essentials

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will study and analyze basic leadership approaches, processes, and traits. Students will gain a foundational knowledge of leadership by identifying skills and styles of leadership. Students will draft a vision plan to include communication and innovation. The first section of a portfolio will be initiated in this course and expanding across all three courses in this leadership series will be produced.

INDS 6511: Strategic Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will delve deeper into interpersonal portions of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Students will begin to develop and apply their own individual expertise. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

INDS 6512: Leadership Coaching Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will be introduced to the psychological aspects of leadership including culture, ethics, and gender. Students will create and lead effective groups and teams. Students will build an ongoing continuous improvement plan. This course will continue development of the portfolio from the first course in the series.

MGMT 6150: Leadership

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of the course is to enable students to prepare themselves to become leaders of organizations and to embark on paths of personal leadership development. The course requires personal curiosity and reflection from students as well as personal openness and sharing in class discussions. Leadership development concepts used in the course will be immediately applicable for students and useful for the rest of their lives.

Students choosing the Systems Quality Leadership & Management block will take courses INDS 6641 and INDS 6442; and either INDS 6920 or INDS 6922.

INDS 6641: Quality Innovation and Systems Thinking

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will explore a series of fundamental strategies for applying W. Edwards Deming’s management theory (his highly regarded “System of Profound Knowledge,” or SoPK) to improve organizational performance in the public and nonprofit sectors. Students will participate in online project-based learning activities and prepare a final group project.

INDS 6442: Strategic thinking and Lean Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course designed to cover principles such as lean management, six-sigma quality, Japanese teamwork and zero-defect methods, and other modern business applications.

INDS 6920: Deming Workshop

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to give credit for intensive interdisciplinary learning situations outside of the traditional class. Students may receive workshop credit for activities such as seminars, short courses and in-service training. Workshop credit must be arranged and receive approval at the department level.

INDS 6922: Study Abroad

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Participate in a systems study abroad experience during the summer block to Japan where systems management, leadership and public administration theories have been utilized for decades in public and private partnerships. Highlights will include W. Edwards Deming historical impact on the Japanese economy and continued implementation practices.

INDS 6922 will not be available until Spring 2021.

Students choosing the Professional Communication block will select three of the following courses:

COMM 6010: Applied Communication Theory

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Using communication theory in real life. Introduction, research, and written articulation of both basic and advanced concepts of theories examining the role of applied and professional communication in human, organizational, social media, strategic, and mass media contexts.

COMM 6040: Professional Writing and Presentations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will strengthen and enhance writing and presentation skills with careful attention to advanced language use required in various professional communication contexts. Students will create training sessions, press releases, digital resumes, website, social media, and marketing materials to help organizations manage their public face as well as learn how to establish and maintain their personal professional image in various contexts.

COMM 6140: Pop Culture Messages

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines influential texts (e.g., YouTube, TV, Film, Advertisements, Music, and Gaming) that students consume daily. Focuses on the ways these discourses create identity and collective understanding. Explores message forms and their implications for critical thinking and consumption.

COMM 6210: Advertising and Public Relations Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Discusses advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage issues and events, with emphasis on recent research and theoretical developments, case studies, and experimental approaches.

COMM 6230: Professional Social Media

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the strategic use of major social media platforms. Topics include blogging, search engine optimization, content creation, storytelling, corporate messaging, and uses and development of visual content. Students will complete an integrated social media plan with objectives, strategies, and tactics with key performance indicators and measurement.

Students choosing the Brain-Based Learning block will take the following three courses:

INDS 6250: Experiential Learning Landscapes

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emerging technologies continue to both intrigue and challenge institutions of K12, Higher Education, business, and industry who are looking for innovative ways to use immersive technologies. Training developers often compete with commercial applications to gain time and attention of learners. Unfortunately, advances in technology continue to outpace development of instructional strategies that fully exploit emerging technologies and address the evolving interests of 21st century learners. This course examines experiential learning landscapes (ELL) that apply brain-based learning (BBL) principles using immersive technologies.

INDS 6521: Dimensions of Learning

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Everything we know is guided by our perception and experience. As we reflect, our imagination provides missing details, resolves differences, and then constructs and selects an appropriate solution influenced by our emotions and expressed as creativity. By exploring a conceptual model (Dimensions of xLearning) of basic physiological processes (Perception, Experience, Imagination, Emotion, Reflection, and Expression) that occur in the brain, students will discover how and why we learn!

INDS 6522: Brain-Based Learning Application

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Far too often, online training and educational programs continue to mimic traditional methods relying heavily on self-instruction that sometimes fail to promote meaningful interactions among learners. Advances in technology continue to increase access to instructional opportunities but do not necessarily enhance the quality of the experience.

This course uses the InterPLAY Instructional Strategy (Expose, Inquire, Discover, Create, Experiment, Share) guided by established methods from the entertainment industry and principles of brain-based learning (BBL) for developing engaging and memorable experiential learning landscapes (ELL).

Students choosing the Online Teaching block will take the following three courses:

INDS 6050: Online Teaching for Educators

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of online teaching, learning, and design. Learners study theory and build knowledge upon practical experiences by studying in, and fulfilling assignments within, a learning management system (LMS). By course end, learners will have developed the shell of an online course, including most basic elements.

INDS 6051: Instructional Design for E-Learning

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of instructional design for online learning. Theory, models, interviewing, and design tools are utilized to increase learner breadth and depth of understanding to develop quality online learning experiences.

INDS 6055: Assessment of E-Learning

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches the fundamentals of effective online learning assessments. Learners study theory along with developing tangible skills related to assessment with online discussions, papers, projects, games, and so forth. Learners have several opportunities to develop and practice skills within a learning management system. Final projects include the assessment of online courses using national standards.

Students choosing the Music Technology block will select three of the following courses:

MUSC 6103: Introduction to Music Graduate Study

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An orientation and introduction to graduate study in music at Southern Utah University, focusing on program technology requirements, current readings and trends in music technology, techniques of scholarly writing, and the application of the student's personal experiences, opportunities, and ambitions as related to their anticipated career and life objectives within the music industry. The course also introduces various types of computer technology and audio hardware and its application to music, MIDI sequencing, digital recording, and hardware associated with recording.

MUSC 6323: Audio Recording I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of concepts learned in MUSC 6303. The course covers the components of a typical sound system, including loudspeakers, loudspeaker management, analog and digital mixing consoles, inboard and outboard effects, microphones, monitors, and general stage setup. This course also touches on venue acoustics, basic aesthetics of live sound mixing, and working with clients (promoters, stage managers, and musicians on stage) as well as technicians.

MUSC 6353: Music Technology and Business

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A focus on music technology tools, platforms and services used by the modern music entrepreneur. Study topics include office technology, copyright/licensing services, royalty collection services, distribution platforms, multi-user project platforms, and the impact, both positive and negative, that technology has had on the music business. Additional focus on using online tools and social media to establish a presence and a following of fans for the promotion of their career.

MUSC 6553: Digital Music Notation I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students acquire an intermediate skill level in the usage of Finale music notation software. Course activities focus on the role of score preparation, part extraction, workflow, and preparation for publishing. Differing formats will also be explored such as full score, parts, lead sheets, etc.

Students choosing the School Library block may select either 9 or 18 credits from the following courses. Students who complete all 18 credits will not need to complete another learning block and will also be eligible to receive a Utah School Library endorsement.*

LM 6100: School Library Media Foundations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Introduces students to the field of School Library Media. The course examines librarianship as a profession, the role of school librarians and their contributions to the curriculum, school library media standards, and foundational principles such as library advocacy, collaboration, and governing documents. This course will also provide an introduction to the Library Media endorsement program including information about earning hours toward the practicum course.

LM 6180: Utilization of Literature in the Classroom

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the value of literature as a lifetime activity and its use in the classroom. Techniques such as booktalks, storytelling, readers’ theatre, creative dramatics, choral reading, book discussions, writing, art projects, etc. are explored.

LM 6190: Managing a Media Center

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Features advanced evaluation and analysis of the role and function of the library media specialist. Emphasis on administration and organization of library media centers, systematic program planning, development and evaluation. Budgets, facilities management, personnel, and collection development will be explored.

LM 6200: Library Technical Services

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Features advanced descriptive cataloging, classification, and subject analysis processing of print and non-print materials. Emphasis will be on the organization of information in a school library environment.

LM 6160: Library Computer and Reference Skills

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to help students develop the skills and techniques to foster creative uses of media resources. Emphasis on searching online databases, using printed reference sources, and creating a web page for Internet access to reference materials.

LM 6170: Technology for the Library Media Teacher

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to technologies appropriate for a school library program, with emphasis on technology which supports the teaching and learning process. Focuses on evaluation and selection of technologies, educational technology resources, and real-world technology applications in today’s library media center.

LM 6890: Practicum

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The Library Media practicum involves student participation in a professionally supervised field experience).

Note: Licensed teachers may take all of the courses in this block in order to pursue an endorsement. Completion of the endorsement courses is only a portion of the requirements for a Library Media Endorsement from your state. Requirements vary from state to state and often include: a teaching license, a passing Praxis exam score, transcripts, application fee, etc. Teachers should check any additional requirements in the state where they teach.

*Previous graduate credits must fall within the MIS learning blocks in order to apply.

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