Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg

Independent Study Option and Approval Process

Isenberg School of Management

Sport Management Undergraduate Program


Purpose of Independent Study


An independent study is a valuable way in which students can further specialize and focus their interests in their graduate program. The independent study is offered as a way to further enhance the curriculum of a student. For example, an individual might develop a market review of Internet business strategies and assess them in terms of alternative strategic models developed in literature. Also, a research project on a particular topic that might require the collection of primary data or an in-depth analysis and review of secondary data would merit consideration.


Approval Process


In order for an independent study to be accepted as a substitute for an elective offering, the proposal must meet several criteria (see next page for proposal requirements).


Foremost for any independent study project to be acceptable, it must have demonstrated academic value. (Independent studies are considered elective courses and not acceptable or allowed as a substitute for a core course.) In order for an independent study project proposal to be accepted, a completed proposal (see next page), with approval from the faculty sponsor, Curriculum Chair and Undergraduate Program Director, and must be completed by the beginning of the second week of classes. Proposals turned in after that date will not be accepted for that current semester.


Since credit is awarded for an independent study similar to an academic course, employment activities conducted in conjunction with an assistantship, or experiences of a professional development nature alone, while all of value are not acceptable for academic credit.


Credit Amount


Academic credit for an independent study can be from one to three credits based on the scope of the project. The decision regarding the appropriate amount of credits to be awarded is made by the faculty sponsor and the Undergraduate Program Director.

Independent Study Proposal

In order to have an independent study considered for acceptance, a student must develop a proposal in conjunction with a faculty sponsor. This proposal must address the following aspects:


A.    Project purpose - The independent study proposal must have a concise, clearly worded description of the scope of the project. The project purpose should explain the unique aspect of the proposal and the need to address it through the independent study alternative.


B.    Academic merit - The proposal must address the academic component that will be addressed in this independent study such as the exposure to alternative marketing research methodologies, or the review of emerging literature on the impact of your chosen topic of study.


C.    Measurement of performance - In order for any independent study proposal to be accepted, a specification of how the student's academic performance on this project will be assessed must be clearly defined.


D.    Faculty sponsor - It is the student's responsibility to identify a faculty sponsor and gain the faculty member's support for the project.


E.    Credit requested


F.    Time Line for project - A specific outline of the progression of this project, including a scheduled date for completion


Name:  ___________________________________________     Student ID _____________________


E-Mail: ___________________________________________


Faculty Sponsor: ___________________________________


Semester/Yr: _________________


Independent Study Course (Please check one):   396 _____   496 ____      Number of Credits  ____


Is the Proposal attached to this document?  ______


Approval Signatures:


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Student                                                         Date


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Faculty Sponsor                                            Date


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Curriculum Chair                                            Date


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Undergraduate Program Director                  Date