The Individual Interdisciplinary PhD provides a program which meets the call to action for a group of broadly prepared PhD students with multi-disciplinary backgrounds and the technical, professional, and personal skills essential to addressing the varied career demands of the future.

The IIP has a different application process as prospective applicants must first complete a Pre-Proposal and then arrange a meeting with the Dean of the Graduate School. If approved, the applicant then completes a comprehensive proposal as part of their application.  

If you are considering the IIP, please read the program website to understand the application process.  

Application Deadline

Formal application to the IIP will need to be submitted by January 31st (for consideration into Fall term only).

Formal applications should only occur after submitting and meeting with a pre-proposal. Once you formally apply, you will provide a comprehensive proposal as part of your application. 

Prior to applying for the IIP, be sure you have the following following coursework, materials, tests, etc.:

  • Completion of at least 20 credit hours of graded graduate coursework; this may include a completed master's degree.
  • A minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.50 (out of 4.00 scale).
  • Official Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • The comprehensive proposal* will include support documents from faculty (i.e., potential research advisors, participating department heads, potential committee members) which will serve as your letters
    of recommendation, and the proposal will serve as your personal statement.

*If offered admission, you may be required to update the proposal based on
recommendations from the IIP Advisory Committee. 

Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for consideration of admission to the Individual Interdisciplinary PhD program. Please have yur scores sent from ETS using campus code: 4488. For international applicants, a test for English proficiency is required. 

International Applicants

Please see our International application process page for information on applying as an international applicant.