Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
- Delivery:Partially Online
- Cost:$482.54 per credit (resident); $854.24 per credit (nonresident)
- Total credits:120
- Credential:Undergraduate Degree
- Admission GPA:2.5
- Application deadlines:Fall: March 1 (priority), August 1 (final); Spring: October 1 (priority), December 1 (final); Summer: May 1 (final)
- Campus:Twin Cities
- College:College of Continuing Education
Designed for working adults seeking to finish an undergraduate degree for career advancement or personal fulfillment, Multidisciplinary Studies (MdS) encourages innovation and initiative by allowing students to tailor a degree program to fit their needs and interests. Students focus their coursework in three of five areas of concentration: Arts and Humanities; History and Social Sciences; Communication; Science and Health Science; and Applied, Technical, and Professional Studies.
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students must fill out the FAFSA form and use code 003969 when applying for financial aid for this program. The College of Continuing Education offers more information on financial aid and scholarships to help students understand options for paying for college.
MdS students demonstrate an initiative and tenacity that distinguishes them from the crowd. They find jobs anywhere from financial institutions to health care facilities, law firms to manufacturing companies.
The hard work and expertise gained here result in sought-after positions around the country. From 2011−2014, an average of 68 percent of graduates obtained paid employment, while 10 percent went on to pursue additional education.
MdS graduates were able to secure jobs as:
- Senior Project Manager
- Network Administrator
- Operations Manager
- Staffing Coordinator
- Principal Accounts Specialist
- Client Liaison
- Chief Operating Officer
- Leasing Analyst
- Senior Business Systems Analyst
- Project Coordinator
- VP of Sales & Marketing
- Systems Engineer
Do you ever wonder how Target develops its specialty-brand foods from Market Pantry, Archer Farms, and Simply Balanced? It often begins with the expertise of people like Multidisciplinary Studies student Stefanie Lefebvre.
Lefebvre, a product development scientist at Target who also writes preparation directions, recipes, and serving suggestions for both product packaging and Target.com, combined her interests in food science, sociology, and marketing to create a “big-picture degree, with just the right amount of detail.”
“The MdS program maximizes class versatility via the intercollegiate areas of studies to better meet student needs. It is a networked study program that intertwines distinct focus areas… Because of this, I am respected at work not only for my food-science knowledge, but also for my marketing and sociology expertise.”
So how do all these disparate fields of study come together to put products on the shelves? “I start by considering who the consumer is and the ‘why they buy’ factor. I then begin in-depth research to better understand the customer demographic. From there, I work with vendors in the development of the products.”
Whether kitchen chemistry or consumer behavior, Lefebvre found coursework that met her specific interests and goals while still working full-time. “When [people] ask about my educational background (which also includes a two-year AAS degree in Culinary Arts), I’m proud to tell them that I’m finishing an MdS degree from the U of M... Their responses are [all] nearly the same: ‘Overachiever!’ I love it!”