Independent study is reserved for certificate or degree seeking students. VISIONS/visiting students are not eligible to register for independent study. To be eligible for independent study, a student must have completed several regular courses of graduate work and attained at least a 3.0 average. Students may not register for independent study as a substitute for existing courses. Registration for independent study must have the approval of the instructor, the department head or dean, and the Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School.

Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master’s Certificate students may count no more than 3 semester hours of independent study toward certificate requirements.

Master’s students may register for no more than 3 semester hours of independent study per semester and may count no more than 6 semester hours of independent study toward satisfying the minimum requirements for the master’s degree. At the discretion of the department, MFA students may earn up to a maximum of 20% of their required hours as independent study credits.

Doctoral students may count no more than 15 semester hours of independent study toward degree requirements.