Individualized Master of Arts Program (IMAP)

The individualized Master of Arts program is intended to provide a structure for master’s level study in areas where the university has significant strengths but does not offer a formal program. It also makes it possible for students to pursue interdisciplinary graduate degrees. To gain expertise and an appropriate selection of courses, the individualized Master of Arts draws upon resources outside of the university. It offers maximum flexibility, combining taught courses, independent study or research, seminars and other approved experiences. The overall content of the program is negotiated with a faculty advisor.

Unique Features

  • Design an individualized program around a specific area of interest
  • Learn in the context of small class sizes
  • Work with published scholars in your area of interest
  • 2 - 3 year program

Our Graduates

Because this degree offers such a wide range of options, career opportunities are virtually endless. The IMAP can be used to pursue scholarly interests as well as to strengthen specialized skills required by certain jobs.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview (meet with program director for education plan)
  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages explaining your goals)
  • Three references (see form below)
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if your GPA is under 2.75 at the time of receiving your undergraduate degree
Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

Total Units: 36-40

  • Including IMA 701: Introduction to Individuallized Study - This 2 unit course consists of a series of one-on-one meetings with the faculty program advisor in which the student will research, reflect and write on a potential course of study. IMA 701 culminates with the presentation of a 10-15 page paper to the IMAP Council containing a proposal for the final study plan. Students must submit copies of this plan at least one week prior to making the presentation to the council.

Although this master's degree program is tailored to meet individual interests, specific guidelines of program structure must be met.

The program director and an IMAP Council provide general oversight to the program under the auspices of the graduate program committee. The IMAP Council oversees the general and core requirements of the program and appoints a faculty advisor for each admitted student. Advisors are regular university faculty. Individuals from outside the university with recognized experience and expertise in the area of study may be invited to serve as instructors or supervisors of student learning experiences.

IMAP Handbook

Program information and tuition subject to change.