Students enrolled in an interfield degree are pursuing one doctoral degree that spans two disciplines. Upon completion, one diploma is earned, specifying the degree in the two disciplines, with the primary discipline listed first.
CGU policy limits the applicability of coursework units to two degrees. Provided units have not been used for another CGU degree, students enrolled in the interfield degree may earn a master's degree in one of the two fields but not both.
Interfield degrees are available to CGU applicants as well as to admitted and continuing students. Applicants work through Admissions. The information on this page applies primarily to admitted and continuing students.
You may apply for an interfield degree by completing a Change of Degree Form. Submit the form to your department for concurrence and deliver to the new program office.
Adding a new discipline to your degree is equivalent to an application for admission to that program. Interviews may be requested, as well as additional documentation for review by the new programs's admissions committee. Documentation may include the following.
Personal statement indicating the scope of your proposed study and qualifications you may already have in that field
Letters of recommendation specific to the new field
Discipline-specific test scores
Other discipline-specific documentation, such as evidence of achievement in the field
You will be advised when the interfield is approved. The new interfield degree status is effective at the beginning of the next semester.
Interfield Degree Proposal Form. Before completion of your first semester in the program, you must complete and file an Interfield Degree Proposal Form with the Registrar's Office. The form is completed in collaboration with your advisors and must be approved by the dean. Any changes to the Proposal must be documented through submission of a new, approved Interfield Degree Proposal Form.
Total coursework units required - generally, a minimum of 80 units are required
Identification of units from each field that can be applied toward the other to establish expertise - limit of 35% from one field to the other
Number and subject areas for degree requirements such as foreign language, research tools, and qualifying exams to be completed
Designation of responsibility for operating procedures regarding qualifying exams and the field to chair your dissertation committee
Note that the "sharing" of units between disciplines assists in determining the total number of units required for completion of your interfield degree. This is the reason for initiating an application for an interfield degree early in your career.