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The Spring 2024 Semester Starts January 8, 2024

We’re now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 semester!

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    About Our Individualized Degree Programs

    You’re experienced, driven, and ready to seize an opportunity for growth in your career. And you know exactly what skills you need to develop. A traditional degree just won’t do; you’re looking for something different — a degree that allows you to get all the skills you need and none you don’t. With an individualized or interdisciplinary degree from Athens State University, you’ll get a flexible, entirely customizable degree that allows you to pick the exact courses you need to meet your career goals.

    Program Options

    Individualized Degree Program Bachelor’s Degree

    The Individualized Degree Program (IDP), through the College of Arts and Sciences, allows you to design a unique college experience and education that meets your personal and career goals. Designed by each student, in consultation with faculty, the program offers a creative path to a four-year degree. The Individualized Degree Program allows you to pursue your interests and develop skills that will prepare you for employment opportunities or future graduate study. The program also allows students to complete certificates to focus the degree in areas that are most relevant for their career and educational goals. The IDP provides a flexible degree path that may be completed online.

    Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

    By applying the traditional doctoral degree process to a master’s education, the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies gives you complete agency over your academic experience. Aside from three required courses — Introduction to Research, Basic Statistics, and a capstone thesis — the program is entirely made up of electives, offering you the chance to pick and choose graduate courses from across Athens State’s colleges and degrees.

    Athens State’s focus on practicality and career readiness means you can be confident that every course you take will be loaded with cutting-edge strategies and real-world experiences that can immediately be applied in the workforce. When you earn an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, you gain applicable, career-focused skills in the exact areas you need, allowing you to quickly and confidently seize new opportunities in your career.


    Why Choose Athens State for Your Individualized Degree?

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    The Individualized Degree Program allows you to pursue your interests and develop skills that will prepare you for employment opportunities or future graduate study.

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    Designed by each student, in consultation with faculty, the program offers a creative path to a four-year degree.

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    As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, Athens State provides you the best value for your investment.


    “I chose to come to Athens State not only because it is my mother’s alma mater but also because the university gave me the opportunity to pursue my goals at my own pace, at an affordable price, with all the help and support I needed.”

    Camille E.

    Individualized Degree Program, ’22


    About Athens State University

    Athens State University, the oldest continuously operating higher-education institution in Alabama, is an upper-division university that meets the needs of students often left underserved in other learning environments. We exclusively serve transfer students – whether they’re returning adult learners or younger undergraduate transfers – and provide them with career-focused education that will prepare them to enter the workforce. Our faculty members are uniquely attentive to the needs of both students and employers, and they develop curricula to serve each group equally. Students graduate from Athens State with the confidence to seize control of their careers and find success in their professional endeavors.