Independent Study

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 course can be completed in a semester.
  • Students may complete no more than two independent study courses within Wharton and no more than two in non-Wharton departments.
  • Internships cannot be approved as independent studies for academic credit.

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:

  1. Meet with their assigned academic advisor.
  2. 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.
  3. Submit an Independent Study Proposal early in the semester and before the Course Selection Period ends that includes a course description with expected learning outcomes, intended CU amount, full reading list, list of assignments and/or deliverables to be completed, and documentation of faculty support. The student will be notified via email about the outcome.

Please also note the following:

  • When reviewing the proposal, the Undergraduate Division Petitions Committee will consider the course content and workload and ensure that the proposed course does not duplicate curricular offerings.
  • Independent studies intended to fulfill concentration requirements must be approved by the concentration advisor.