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Interdisciplinary Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #905 (BCR) ,
The Master of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Studies enables students to pursue individualized and innovative interdisciplinary research outside the boundaries of existing discipline-specific graduate programs.


Our program enables students to pursue individualized and innovative interdisciplinary research outside the boundaries of existing discipline-specific graduate programs. The IDST PhD program has grown rapidly and with over 70 students is now the single largest PhD program at UNB.

The M IDST and PhD IDST programs are supported by over 75 faculty members at UNB Fredericton and UNB Saint John across all major disciplines. The program is recognized for its high quality students, and its program diversity and flexibility.

A course of study for the M IDST degree includes:

Coursework: Relevant courses are selected from those offered by IDST and in the graduate programs and faculties across the university. Coursework normally includes six graduate courses, two of which may be independent study/directed reading courses with a maximum of two courses taken at another university.

Research Proposal: The proposal outlines the research question, relevant literature, methodology, and research design of the proposed study. An oral presentation of the proposal is also required. The Supervisor and Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee must approve the proposal and oral examination, and Ethics approval (if appropriate) must be obtained before the research can proceed.

Master's Thesis: The thesis incorporates all of the elements of the research proposal outlined above plus the documentation and analysis of a student's actual research project. The presentation of the thesis and subsequent oral examination must meet all of the requirements as outlined in the UNB Calendar, 22 A.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Interdisciplinary Independent Study
  • Doctoral Research Seminar in IDST
  • Interdisciplinary Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • -page thesis/dissertation proposal (with working bibliography), along with the following: a paragraph explaining why they wish to pursue a Masters or Doctoral degree in IDST, a paragraph explaining the different disciplines the candidate will bring to the research topic
  • A letter from the supervisor indicating their willingness to supervise the applicant
  • Three academic references
  • A sample of a sustained piece of academic writing (e.g.,term paper of 15-20 pages, or thesis chapter)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work taken at any postsecondary institution attended
  • Complete application form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5301 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5301 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    6843 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6843 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Fredericton

  • 1100 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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