Independent Study


Looking for a specific course to advance your individualized needs and career goals? Independent studies are a valuable way for students to further specialize and focus their interests. Previous examples of independent studies range from developing business plans, to designing innovative financial models, to real-world consulting projects.


For information regarding independent study requirements and the approval process, please click here for the Independent Study Contract and send it to:


      Bobbi Hopkins

      Graduate Programs Office

      305 Isenberg School of Management

      University of Massachusetts

      Amherst, MA 01003 



"My independent study provide me the opportunity to explore how a business can be successful while focusing on the values of environmental sustainability and economic development through first-hand interactions with the CEO and Founder of Dean's Beans Coffee Company."


      - Amanda Kirkpatrick, Class of 2010


"Taking an independent study allowed me to explore my goal of starting a sustainable business. Working closely with a professor, I read case studies, learned new tools, developed skills and had opportunities I would not have had otherwise."


      - Marcie Muehlke, Class of 2012