Directed Studies

Directed study courses are designed for students’ special educational needs, which are not met by the available curriculum. Directed studies are usually only done with full-time faculty, but on occasion adjunct faculty have been asked to do so. A “contract” must be established by the student and the faculty member describing the content of the course, basic requirements, unit value, methods of evaluation, and schedule of meetings.  The online directed studies registration form should be submitted no less than one week before the online add deadline.

Doctoral students may count 9 credits of directed study work toward their degree.  Masters (non-credential) students may count 6 units of directed study work toward their degree.   Full-time faculty are compensated for directed studies during intersession and summer only.  Full-time faculty are limited to 5 directed studies in any given semester.


To enroll in directed study courses, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students may take up to two directed studies in one semester but only with the approval of their advisor and an Associate Dean and only if it is within the allowed number of directed study units (9 units for Doctoral students and 6 units for MA students). A petition for directed study (in addition to the regular registration form) must be submitted online one week before the online add deadline in any given semester.