Independent Study (XXX 590)

Independent study provides an opportunity for a student to pursue a topic that may be covered only briefly or not at all in a regular course offering. Independent study is never a substitute for a regular course.

Independent study may be offered by any member of the college’s graduate faculty. All independent study is listed by the appropriate content area prefix and the number 590 (e.g., CRJ 590). A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study may be included in a master’s degree program.

Students must register for graduate-level independent study by completing the Individual Graduate Study Application, available from academic departments, the Graduate School, or graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/forms. The application must include a written paragraph describing the proposed course, including the purpose, objectives, method of instruction (e.g., readings, individual consultations with instructor, etc.), and method of evaluation (e.g., research paper, examination, etc.). The application must be signed by the instructor, the department chair, and the school dean by the Individual Study Application deadline. Consult the Academic Calendar for appropriate deadlines, online at suny.buffalostate.edu/academic-calendar