Independent Study Proposal guidelines & procedure
A Student intending to pursue a study that is not covered by the regular curriculum may propose an independent study directed by an AMBS faculty member. It is understood that the magnitude of the study will be comparable to that of a regular seminary course (a minimum of three full weeks of work for three semester hours of credit). A student may register for no more than two independent studies per academic year.
The appropriateness of pursuing such a study should be discussed with the academic advisor. All arrangements for the course should be made prior to the study itself. These include projecting a study, determining objectives and procedures, constructing criteria of accountability. Registration should be completed according to registration deadlines listed on the academic calendar. Late registration fees will apply.
The written learning contract is negotiated with the supervising professor, and needs the approval of the academic advisor and the Academic Dean, and must be submitted to the Registrar. It includes a set date for completion. The regular conditions for withdrawal and extension apply.
If the advisor 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 procedures, as appropriate.
2. Register at my.ambs.edu for the generic independent study with the same hours (i.e. IS:3 is a 3 credit-hour course).
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.