The interdisciplinary program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research (AIAR) program is managed by the Graduate College and offers a Master of Arts and a PhD in partnership with six other academic colleges: Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Science, Social and Behavioral Science, and Public Health.
This program seeks applicants interested in solving problems that may be informed by music and the arts. Beyond that it seeks applicants interested in the range of arts experiences in the world’s many cultures. The AIAR MA degree recognizes the value of arts research to a wide range of disciplines.
Most applicants will want to apply directly to the AIAR PhD. The MA is an shorter program option and is available to applicants who have research interests in applied intercultural arts research but may have earned bachelor's degrees in other fields.
The aim of the program is to prepare graduates for the application of knowledge of music, arts and culture to contemporary problem-solving to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, societies, and environments in an interconnected world.
Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Applicants must have an earned 4-year baccalaureate degree, a 3.0 grade point average, and meet English-language proficiency requirements for graduate admission.
The GRE is not required for admission to this program.
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: total minimum score of 7.5 or above with no score lower than 7 on any section of the test
Applicants will be eligible for graduate assistant positions and university fellowships.
For information on additional funding options, see https://grad.arizona.edu/funding
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Substitutions permitted?: Yes, with approval from faculty advisor and AIAR Chair.
Elective course substitutions may be permitted with the approval of the major advisor, the program coordinator, and the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students earning the MA degree must complete 6 units of 910 master’s thesis coursework, culminating in the defense and submission of the master’s thesis document.
Students should submit a master’s thesis proposal to their major advisor no later than mid-term of the semester before they expect to complete the thesis.
TRANSFER CREDITS AND CREDITS EARNED OUTSIDE OF PROGRAM
With the approval of the Graduate College and the Director of Graduate Studies, students may transfer up to 6 graduate credits earned at another college or university to their master’s degree plan.
Students may apply up to 12 credits earned in University of Arizona non-degree status to the master’s plan of study.
Students may apply up to 30 relevant credits from an approved master’s degree, not including the master’s thesis, toward the plan of study to meet AIAR Ph.D. requirements.
Consult the Graduate College website for additional policies pertaining to the master’s and doctoral degrees. https://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/degree-requirements
Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to stay in good standing and to earn their degree. Courses in which a student earned a D, E or F may not be included on the plan of study for the master’s degree or the PhD.
Demonstrated expertise in a language other than English required as necessary for research specialization. This language requirement can be waived with permission from the student's major advisor, if foreign language is not seen as relevant to the student's doctoral research and future career path.
While students are discouraged from taking an incomplete in classes, sometimes extraordinary circumstance prevent a student from completing coursework during the semester of enrollment. In such instances, the professor and student must submit registrar’s form for an incomplete and submit it to the AIAR Chair and Director of the Graduate Students (https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/grades-and-grading-system#incomplete). Incomplete grades should be completed in a timely manner and are submitted at the discretion of the course instructor. Any grade of “I” must be completed no later than one year from the term of the course for which the student received the incomplete or the grade will automatically convert to an E.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Satisfactory academic progress requires timely completion of requirements, maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and interacting with peers, professors, and academic colleagues in a productive and professional manner. Professional conduct includes knowing and observing academic policies, professional codes of ethics, rules for research integrity, and meeting assigned responsibilities.
One way to stay on track is become acquainted with the Graduate College’s degree-tracking GradPath forms (https://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/gradpath). Students must also review the Graduate College information carefully and be cognizant of deadlines. http://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/degree-requirements/important-degree-dates-and-deadlines
Students must be registered for a minimum of 1 credit hour of coursework each semester while in degree program. If a student is prevented from registration due to illness or other complication, it is possible to apply for a Leave of Absence.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.