interdisciplinary Ph.D.

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy



Program Description

This doctoral program provides students and faculty with opportunities for creative customized academic programming and research that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

Each student's program is reviewed by the Graduate School and is subject to approval by the University Board of Graduate Studies, which acts as the governing department.

Any INPR program must combine course work and expertise from two or more academic departments at Marquette. Faculty may serve on an INPR committee whether or not their departments offer doctoral degrees.

Due to the unique nature of the interdisciplinary program, only students who demonstrate a high degree of self-reliance and responsibility will be considered for admission. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The student must have completed a master’s degree or its equivalent.
  2. The student normally must have a graduate GPA of 3.500 or above, on a 4.000 scale, in their master’s degree (or equivalent graduate work). If the student has less than a 3.500 cumulative GPA, the results of a current (within five years) standardized examination such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT will be required.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Pre-Application Requirements

  • Review the MUGS Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Guidelines.
  • Contact the Graduate School for next steps, prior to completing any application requirements.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Proof of an earned Master's degree
  • The results of a standardized test (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc., as appropriate) if required due to a graduate GPA of less than 3.500
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency (waived if the student’s undergraduate or prior graduate academic work was done at an English-speaking college or university).

Application Deadline

Rolling admission; this means you may apply any time before August 1 for fall term admissions (June 1 for international applicants) and December 15 for spring term admissions (October 15 for international applicants). These are the dates by which your applications must be complete, meaning that all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

Financial Aid

Please note that students in the INPR program rarely receive merit-based aid, and most students will fund their program through loans and/or their own resources. Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.