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Individualized Studies

Student studying in common area by himself

As more industry partners and students come to us with niche needs and skills, these flexible degree options provide the rigor and focus needed for individual student's career goals that are not represented in other degree offerings.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree and Associate of Science Degree in Individualized Studies are 60 credits in length each. A key component of these degrees is the required 2-credit CCDS1500 course. In this course, a student is exposed to career development theory and develops the resources, contacts and skills necessary to design a degree program that will prepare them for success.

Through consultation with their instructor, other faculty and industry representatives, a student will construct a degree plan that meets both the requirements of MinnState's "Design Criteria for Undergraduate Individualized Programs" policy and HTC requirements for a degree. This degree plan, along with an assessment plan, will be key outcomes of the CCDS1500 course. The degree plan will then go on file with the Registrar. After successfully completing this degree plan and demonstrating that the assessment plan has been met, the student will then be eligible for graduation.

If, at some point, a student needs to alter their designed degree plan after initial approval, they may get approval for alterations to their degree plan through further consultation with their faculty advisor.

Award Title Campus Credits
A.A.S. Degree Associate in Applied Science Degree Brooklyn Park
Eden Prairie
A.S. Degree Associate of Science Degree Brooklyn Park
Eden Prairie
B.A. Degree Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies Eden Prairie 120*
B.A.S. Degree Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Administration Eden Prairie 120*

*120 credits for the B.A. in Individualized Studies or the B.A.S. in Organizational Administration students can transfer up to 72 technical credits from Hennepin Technical College; 40 credits need to be completed through Metro State.