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Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs

Directed Study (Readings or Research) Policy

Directed Studies are intended to allow students to study material of merit that is not included in existing graduate level courses in the Carroll School of Management.  They are considered as a compliment to a carefully designed program of study.  Students interested in pursuing a Directed Study must prepare a written proposal of study and have it signed by the faculty member who will oversee the Directed Study.  

The proposal is presented to the department's chair or program faculty advisor and requires his/her written approval.


  • Carroll School faculty will only oversee Directed Studies for Carroll School students.
  • Directed Study projects should typically be sponsored by full-time faculty. Any exceptions to the above policy should be made by the academic department chair.
  • Directed Studies are voluntary for both faculty and student.
  • Directed Studies require a written proposal of study prepared by the student and signed by the faculty. The proposals will be presented to the department chair or program academic advisor and require his/her written approval.
  • The maximum number of credits from all Directed Studies cannot exceed six (6) credits for any given student.
  • Students are not eligible for Directed Studies in their first semester.
  • Directed Studies will count as an elective and cannot replace a core course.
  •  Students may not register independently for Directed Studies but will be registered by the Academic Department or Graduate Programs Office.