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Online Multidisciplinary Studies Curriculum

Program Curriculum

This program is offered online only with no in-person requirements. Classes run year-round in 16 week semesters and you can complete the Online MDS Degree curriculum at a flexible full-time or part-time pace that works for your schedule. Students attending full-time can complete the program in as little as one year.

  • Degree Requirements

    The below Online MDS Degree curriculum shows the requirements for your degree. The Foundational Studies general education courses are required for all bachelor degrees at Boise State. These may be met through transfer coursework, or will be incorporated into your program of study. Download a printable view of the degree requirements.

    Course NumberTitleCredits
    These are your first and final courses. They are designed to provide an introduction to the MDS degree and a capstone to your educational experience.
    MDS 300 Communicating Universally3
    MDS 495Capstone for the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies3
    Upper Division Requirements
    Select 21 upper-division credits from courses listed below:21
    BAS 425Creating a Culture of Safety
    BUSBTC 301 Business Foundations I
    BUBTC 302Business Foundations II
    BUSBTC 310Creating Value with People
    BUSBTC 320Creating Value for Customers
    BUSBTC 330Creating Value through Investment
    BUSBTC 410Business Planning Applications
    COMM 341Nonverbal Communication
    LEAD 325Foundations of Leadership
    LEAD 326The Practice of Leadership
    LEAD 490Capstone in Leadership
    MDS 410Case Studies in Leadership
    MDS 420Globalization
    MDS 430Ethics
    MDS 440Project Management And Design
    MDS 450Teamwork And Innovation
    MDS 493Internship (maximum of 6 credits)
    Additional upper-division credits to total 40 upper-division credits13
    Credits may be previously earned upper-division credits, or additional credits from the list above
    Sub-total40
    Foundational studies courses (see table below)34-37
    Academic elective credit to total 120 credits required to earn a bachelor's degree from Boise State. These may be previously earned academic credits or transfer courses.43-46
    Total semester credits earned/needed for a bachelor's degree from Boise State 120

    Foundational Studies Courses

    These foundational courses may be met through transfer coursework, or they may be incorporated into your program of study at Boise State. They are required in order to earn your bachelor’s degree.

    Foundational Courses Required for a Bachelor’s Degree

    Course NumberTitleCredits
    ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing3
    ENGL 102Introduction to College Writing and Research3
    UF 100Intellectual Foundations3
    UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    DLM*Mathematics3-4
    DLN*Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course with lab4
    DLN*Natural, Physical & Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
    DLV*Visual and Performing Arts3
    DLL*Literature and Humanities3-4
    (DLS)Social Sciences course3
    DLS*Social Sciences course in a second field3
    *Disciplinary Lens (DL) courses are part of the Boise State Foundational Studies program. For more details and a list of available courses, see Online Foundational Studies Courses.
  • Course Descriptions

    MDS Program

    These are your first and final courses. They are designed to provide an introduction to the MDS degree and a capstone to your educational experience.

    MDS 300 Communicating Universally
    Must be taken during first semester of the Multidisciplinary Studies program. Introduction and analysis of learning and adult development theories, utilizing reflection and application of current life skills and intellectual competencies. Through writing and presentation students will apply theories and readings to assess their own critical thinking skills and communication proficiencies as they relate to career and life goals. PREREQ: ENGL 102

    MDS 495 Capstone for the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies
    Fifteen hours of service-learning, major research paper or project and presentation of results required to demonstrate critical thinking skills, communication strategies, and content expertise to analyze a problem or issue related to life and career goals. The course will provide evidence of attaining the program outcomes and educational goals of the students degree plan developed and approved in MDS 300. PREREQ: MDS 300, senior standing, department consent.

    MDS Upper Division Courses and Electives

    Your 21 credits of upper-division courses will be selected in collaboration with your advisor based on your educational goals and a degree plan approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Advisory Committee. These courses must be completed during or after successful completion of MDS 300. The design must be clearly linked to the stated educational objectives of the program. Only six credits of internship may be applied.

    BUSBTC 301 Business Foundations I
    Utilizes a business plan development model to study the interrelationships among business functional areas and provide an understanding of how businesses create value. Provides skills for successful team management and business communication, including an understanding of the language of business. Introduces the principles of responsible business practices.

    BUSBTC 302 Business Foundations II
    Examines the tools and concepts required to make value-added financial decisions. Emphasis on interpretation and analysis of financial reports and data. Topics include financial statement analysis, budgeting, cash flow, time value of money, and capital investment decisions. Introduces financial spreadsheet tools.

    BUSBTC 310 Creating Value with People
    Develops the competencies required to lead and manage people in a variety of contexts. Topics include organizational behavior, team building, conflict management, motivation, negotiation, career development strategies, and ethical decision making.

    BUSBTC 320 Creating Value for Customers
    Provides an understanding of how products and services are efficiently developed, sold, and delivered to create value for customers and business. Topics include market analysis, consumer behavior, market segmentation, personal sales, distribution strategies, project management, and supply chain management.

    BUSBTC 330 Creating Value through Investment
    Emphasis on the use of accounting, financial and economic data to measure and manage value creation. Examines sources of business funding, their valuation and costs. The methods of accounting for and evaluating the profitability of potential business investments, including applied spreadsheet modeling.

    BUSBTC 410 Business Planning Applications
    Uses the business plan development model introduced in BUSBTC 301 to integrate the concepts and practices developed in earlier courses. Emphasis on analyzing a sector or service of interest to student teams. Includes the further development of professional skills such as time management, career management, interpersonal relationships, and leadership. Includes team-based experiential learning.

    COMM 341 Nonverbal Communication
    An examination of the function of nonverbal behavior codes in communication.

    LEAD 325 Foundations of Leadership
    An introduction to concepts, frameworks, ideas and beliefs related to leadership. Intended to inspire students to engage in deeper self-exploration about why they lead and how they can begin to serve as a catalyst for progress in their relationships, communities and organizations.

    LEAD 326 Exploration of Leadership
    An exploration of selected concepts, frameworks, ideas and beliefs related to the art and practice of leadership. The course is intended to help students move from knowledge and awareness, to applying their learning in various contexts.

    LEAD 490 Capstone in Leadership
    This experiential course offers students an opportunity to practice the skills and perspectives they have learned in previous leadership courses. Students will select a team-based community or business project to organize and implement as a vehicle to demonstrate and reflect upon leadership principles. PREREQ: LEAD 325, MDS 410

    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership
    Introduces and analyzes effective leadership styles. Leadership practices and models are applied to case studies. Through various forms of reading, writing, presentations, video and/or multi-media, students will apply theories to assess their own leadership style and identify styles of popular companies/people.

    MDS 420 Globalization
    Introduces the historical and modern phenomenon of Globalization. Various themes in globalization will be studied, including: economics, national powers, history, trade, environment, religion, and education. Each module will introduce particular aspects of globalization.

    MDS 430 Ethics
    Examines universal ethics principles and standards practiced across various disciplines. Exploration of personal and professional conduct and social responsibility in the light of existing ethical, moral and social values across disciplines will also be discussed. Designed to enable students to form individual positions on ethical conduct and social responsibility, this course both identifies and applies ethical principles to real world situations.

    MDS 440 Project Management and Design
    The course develops a foundation of concepts that support the project management process groups required for successful implementation and completion of a project. Principles and applied techniques of effective planning, communication, risk, schedule, and cost management are major themes discussed in this course.

    MDS 450 Teamwork and Innovation
    Identifies the creative people, processes and conditions necessary for fostering innovation and models of innovation including creative problem solving with teams. Students show understanding through demonstration of competency in identifying, describing, fostering, demonstrating and assessing programs that foster creativity and innovation a team environment.

    MDS 493 Internship
    Supervised fieldwork designed to receive academic credit for professional experience that is relevant to your Individual Degree Plan (IDP) goals.

  • Sample Full-time Schedule

    If you meet all Foundational Studies general education requirements through transfer credit you may complete the Online MDS in 2 semesters.

    The sample schedule below is a general guide of when courses can be completed. You will work closely with your academic advisor to arrange your degree plan after you are admitted to the program and complete new student orientation.

    Full-Time Sample Schedule 
    Semester 1
    CourseCredits
    MDS 300 Communicating Universally3
    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership3
    MDS 420 Globalization3
    COMM 341 Nonverbal Communication3
    UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    Total Semester Credits:15
    Semester 2
    CourseCredits
    MDS 430 Ethics3
    MDS 440 Project Management And Design3
    MDS 450 Teamwork And Innovation3
    MDS 493 Internship3
    MDS 495 Capstone for the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies3
    Total Semester Credits:15
    Total Credits:30
  • Sample Part-time Schedule

    If you meet all Foundational Studies general education requirements through previous credit you may complete the Online MDS in 16 months.

    The sample schedule below is a general guide of when courses can be completed. You will work closely with your academic advisor to arrange your degree plan after you are admitted to the program and complete new student orientation.

    Part-Time Sample Schedule 
    Semester 1
    CourseCredits
    MDS 300 Communicating Universally3
    UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
    Total Semester Credits:6
    Semester 2
    CourseCredits
    MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership3
    MDS 420 Globalization3
    Total Semester Credits:6
    Semester 3
    CourseCredits
    MDS 430 Ethics3
    MDS 440 Project Management And Design3
    COMM 341 Nonverbal Communication3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Semester 4
    CourseCredits
    MDS 450 Teamwork And Innovation3
    MDS 493 Internship3
    MDS 495 Capstone for the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies3
    Total Semester Credits:9
    Total Credits:30

schedule
Selecting a full-time or part-time schedule

Before deciding on a part- or full-time schedule ask yourself:

  • Do I have 7-9 hours per week per class, to devote to studying?
  • What other obligations currently require my time?

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