Interdisciplinary Initiatives

About the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

The Graduate School’s Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives, in cooperation with the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Team, is charged with leading the development of institutional policies and programs that enhance the University of Minnesota’s ability to foster interdisciplinary inquiry by graduate students and faculty.

We expect these initiatives to remove barriers to working effectively across disciplines, to significantly improve our ability to conduct interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative work, and to provide unparalleled interdisciplinary graduate education and training.

Call for Proposals

The Graduate School has issued a call for proposals for innovative ideas in interdisciplinary graduate education. All members of the University’s graduate education community are invited to submit their best ideas. Proposals must be submitted online by February 14, 2014. Read more >

The Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) has announced a call for proposals for MMIGG Dissertation Proposal Scholarships and for Mixed Methods Research Scholarships. Proposals are due March 15, 2014.  Read more>

News & Events

November, 2013 | Interdisciplinary Faculty Advisory Committee Formed

A new, Interdisciplinary Faculty Advisory Committee has been formed to advise the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education on issues, trends, best practices, challenges and opportunities in intercollegiate, interdisciplinary graduate education. Read more >

November, 2013 | New Interdisciplinary Master’s Program 

A new, interdisciplinary Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Medical Device Innovation will accept its first students to start in June 2014.  Administered by the Technological Leadership Institute in the College of Science and Engineering, the new program will combine specialized scientific and technical education in medical device innovation with management and leadership skills.  Detailed information is available on the program’s web site.



Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group promotes integration of qualitative and quantitative methods

U of M among the ten top recipients of NSF IGERT program awards

Nine interdisciplinary graduate groups received funding in the 2013 Graduate School competition 

Interdisciplinary and Integrative Leadership Opportunities

Are you a graduate student with interdisciplinary interests looking to develop leadership and/or public engagement skills?  Check out the Boreas Leadership Program, ACARA, the Center for Integrative Leadership, and the Office of Public Engagement for starters.