Independent study allows students to pursue academic interests not available in regularly offered courses. The following policies apply to independent studies:
- A minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA and completion of at least 24 CUs are necessary to pursue an independent study.
- Independent study courses may not be taken pass/fail.
- Only one independent study project can be completed in a semester.
- Students may complete no more than two independent study projects within Wharton and no more than two in non-Wharton departments.
Dual-degree students who wish to pursue an independent study with a professor in their other school should follow that school’s policies and procedures.
Students interested in pursuing an independent study must:
- Meet with an academic advisor.
- Work with a professor in a related field to articulate the purpose, requirements, and syllabus of the study. The professor will ultimately provide guidance and grade the independent study work.
- Submit the completed Independent Study Proposal and all supporting documentation to the front desk in the Wharton Undergraduate Division (JMHH G95) for consideration.*
Independent study proposals should be submitted early in the semester (i.e., before the course-selection period ends) and are reviewed by the Undergraduate Division Petitions Committee. After the committee meets, the student will be notified via email about the outcome.
* Please note that students who wish to do an independent study in finance must also complete the Finance Department ISP Application.