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Independent Study Courses

Independent studies enable students to enrich their university experience by pursuing learning in a closely supervised program and provide opportunity for individual investigation of subject areas not covered in the regular course offerings.

Graduate students may receive credit for a maximum of six units of independent study to be applied to their degree program. No more than four units may be applied toward one project. A maximum of four units may be taken during one academic term. The independent study is recorded as xxx599 or xxx799 on the student's permanent academic record. An Independent Study form and Proposal must be submitted with a Registration form to the Office of the Graduate Registrar in the Graduate and Professional Center by the Last Day to Add or Drop Classes or Independent Studies. An independent study fee of $125 per unit will be assessed in addition to the regular tuition charge.

Course Tutorials study deals with the replacement of a catalog course in terms of units, content, syllabus, outline, and testing. In general, the course tutorial cannot substitute for a course that is offered on a yearly basis. However, there may be occasions in which it may be utilized to fulfill a course requirement when a class is cancelled because of low enrollment. The actual course number, instead of an independent study number, is recorded on the student’s permanent academic record. Course tutorial units do not count toward the maximum six independent study units allowed in a degree program.