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Interdisciplinary Studies - Individualized Concentration (CAGS)

Already have a master's degree? Earn your Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in as little as two years. Learn more today.

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Degree Overview

Each student’s CAGS program is planned and approved under the direction of a faculty member from both disciplines chosen by the student. Upon acceptance into the program, the student must submit an approved plan of study. The CAGS consists of an integrated core curriculum and a capstone experience. Students choose from two capstone options: thesis or action research project.

Requirements and Curriculum

Individualized Concentration
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

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The flexibility of the course work fit perfectly into my full-time teaching. My final project involved taking my previous knowledge of course work and incorporating it into an intense study with my students. Not only did my students learn and grow but so did I as an art teacher.
– Madalena Alves, 2011
Fitchburg State has provided me the opportunity to advance my fine arts background and integrate up-to-date technology skills. It has opened many opportunities for me with artists, educators and technology specialists throughout the Commonwealth.
– Terry Karangioze, 2011

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Graduate application and fee


Online and on-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 3 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

  • Program leads to: professional contacts statewide, a capstone project relevant to career goals, career and salary advances

Career Opportunities

The individualized CAGS program is a post-Master's academic certificate designed for candidates seeking to enhance their professional and or personal knowledge and skills. Courses taken may lead to licensure, specialization in a particular field, or re-specialization in a new field.

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