Independent Study Proposal guidelines & procedure
Independent studies allow students to work directly with professors to pursue areas of special interest or to take courses not offered as needed to complete a degree program. To be eligible for an independent study, a degree seeking student must have successfully completed at least 11 credit hours of study at AMBS and be in good academic standing.
Students transferring 11 or more credit hours from an accredited graduate school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at that institution may be eligible to petition for approval to take an independent study before completing the required hours at AMBS. Students must receive the approval of their AMBS advisor, the professor directing the study, the academic dean, and the registrar as required on the independent study proposal form (see below).
Students who wish to do an independent study must first register for independent study credit hours in the term in which the study will be conducted, which can be done online as one would register for a regular course. They must complete the Independent Study Proposal form available at www.ambs.edu/forms, in consultation with their advisor. This registration should be completed according to deadlines listed on the academic calendar. The regular conditions for withdrawal and extension apply. Normally, students may register for no more than one independent study per semester. No more than one-third of the credit hours required for a degree may be earned by independent study.
Students may not set up an independent study for a course that is offered in the current semester, the previous semester, or the semester immediately following the current semester. Exceptions must be approved by the academic dean (See more in the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual).
If the adviser approves the pursuit of an independent study, the student should follow this procedure:
1. Propose the desired study to an AMBS faculty member. If the faculty member agrees, the student will complete the “Independent Study Proposal” form which includes a listing of objectives, the projected readings, papers, projects, and sessions with the professor and other information, as appropriate.
2. Register for the generic independent study with the same hours (i.e. IS:3 is a 3 credit-hour course) at ambs.populiweb.com.
3. Submitting the online form distributes it to the professor directing the study and the registrar’s office. The registrar’s office will follow up with obtaining the additional approvals required.