The Graduate School-New Brunswick offers programs of concentration
that complement formal degree programs. While these programs do not
offer degrees, they do permit students to pursue interdisciplinary
specializations without impeding their progress toward their degrees.
There are several options for specialization. Some are extensions of existing degree
programs, such as the curatorial studies certificate offered in connection
with the master of arts degree in art history. Programs leading to an
interdisciplinary doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree also may be arranged (see the section on interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs).
Interdisciplinary certificate programs and core curricula provide a more formal means for participating in a cross-disciplinary area and for encouraging collaborative work. Students who complete the requirements of a certificate program will receive a certificate indicating their concentration of study. All interdisciplinary certificate options require students to take courses outside their degree programs and to write a major paper or thesis on a topic appropriate to the certificate. Some programs also offer interdisciplinary seminars.
curricula are designed differently. In contrast to the informal
structure that prevails in certificate programs, students must apply
formally and receive admission into core curricula. Typically, these
programs provide fellowship or traineeship support for enrolled
students. Basic courses, seminars, and laboratory rotations allow
students to explore problems at the boundaries of degree programs and
to postpone commitment to a given degree program for a time. Students
completing such curricula also must meet the requirements of the degree
program in which they are matriculated.
Details concerning certificate programs and core curricula may be found in the Programs, Faculty, and Courses chapter.
Computational and Data-
Enabled Science and Engineering
Critical Caribbean Studies
Cultural Heritage and
Preservation Studies (Art
Studies (Art History)
Geospatial Information Science
Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
Latin American Studies
Medical Device Design and Development
Pharmaceuticals and Clinical Trials Management
Russian, Central and East European Studies
Science and Technology Management
Women's and Gender Studies