Independent study and directed research

Independent study is an option for students in the B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs. It provides the opportunity to create your own specialized learning experience and pursue educational goals outside of your program curriculum through intensive study in an in-depth, faculty-mentored opportunity.

Directed research can be completed by Ph.D. students and provides the opportunity to do hands-on research prior to the dissertation project relevant to your substantive area or individual learning needs.

Learn more about independent study and directed research by program:

View B.S.W. independent study policies and learn how to apply.

Independent study provides a means for students to individualize learning needs and to pursue educational goals through intensive study of an area, issue or problem selected by the students in a manner not possible in regular courses in the curriculum.  B.S.W. independent study courses may also be used to count toward the number of independent study credits needed for the Honors in Social Work.

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Have questions about independent student or directed research? Contact your academic faculty advisor or student success advisor.