The Interdisciplinary Studies  (IDS) Ph.D. program is designed for highly motivated students whose goals for research and classwork do not fit into one of The University of Alabama department-based Ph.D. programs. There is no such thing as a "typical" IDS Ph.D. student. Students have ranged in age from 22 to 85. Although many IDS Ph.D. students pursue their studies full time, others are working professionals who balance their studies with full time employment. As a pre-requisite to admission, IDS Ph.D. students work with the Graduate School to identify faculty members who can help guide the proposed research. The Graduate School also works with prospective students to make sure that we can support your research goals with classes that are offered at The University of Alabama.