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Evening MBA Independent Study

There may be occasions on which Foster curricular offerings do not align fully with a given student’s academic, professional, and personal development goals. In those situations, students may be interested in pursuing independent work for academic credit with the permission and guidance of a Foster faculty member and the MBA Program Office.

Registration notes:

  • You may register for independent study in either 2 or 4-credit increments.
  • You may register for a maximum of 4 credits of 600-level independent study coursework during any one quarter.
  • Although 600-level courses count toward degree requirements, the grades are not included in your cumulative GPA.
  • A maximum of 8 independent study credits count toward the MBA degree.
  • Independent Study credits taken as part of a Field Study project or the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic do not count toward the maximum independent study credits allowed.
  • Independent Study registration must be completed no later than the 1st week of the quarter for 4-credit projects or the 3rd week of the quarter for 2 credit projects.

Types of Independent Study Projects:

Academic-Based Independent Study
At times a student may be interested in pursuing a traditional academic course that is not offered at the University of Washington. In such a situation the student may secure a syllabus from an existing course at another university, complete the work outlined on the syllabus, and author a paper which critically evaluates the content domain of the course.

Research-Based Independent Study
Student conducts independent research related to a topic of academic and/or professional interest and creates a Harvard-style teaching case to illustrate the concepts in question.

Application-Based Independent Study
Student addresses a complex, real-world, unstructured challenge or opportunity faced by an organization outside the University of Washington. He or she identifies a specific problem, chooses a goal or goals to serve as the performance standard for alternatives addressing the problem, evaluates all viable alternatives, and outlines a recommended course of action complete with implementation plan, timeline, resource requirements, anticipated outcomes, and risks and contingent actions. Projects completed as part of Net Impact Service Corps, New Ventures Practicum and the Jones+Foster Accelerator are considered Application-Based projects. Note: A student may not be paid for the work they are completing for the company as part of an independent study project.

The Independent Study Process – Academic-Based or Research-Based
Students interested in pursuing Application-Based Independent Study credits must do the following:

  1. Review the Independent Study Guidelines.
  2. Discuss your idea for an Independent Study with your academic advisor (Sigrid Olsen for Full-time students or Kara Fichthorn for Evening students).
  3. Submit a concise, written proposal (please reference the Academic/Research-Based Proposal Template) to your academic advisor for review.
  4. Upon approval of Independent Study proposal, find a Foster School faculty member (not a teaching assistant) willing to sponsor an Independent Study.
  5. each agreement with the faculty sponsor on your Independent Study proposal. If the proposal differs from the original proposal, please re-submit it to your academic advisor for approval.
  6. Submit the Academic/Research Based Credit Request Form along with a copy of your proposal to the MBA Program Office.
  7. Execute the Independent Study project plan, submitting all deliverables as outlined in your proposal.
  8. Prepare and deliver a 10-15 minute presentation outlining your study and findings at your end of quarter Independent Study Colloquium.

The Independent Study Process – Application-Based
Students interested in pursuing Academic-Based or Research-Based Independent Study credits must do the following:

  1. Review the Independent Study Guidelines.
  2. Discuss your idea for an Independent Study with the Director of the MBA Strategic Consulting Program (Jen Bauermeister).
  3. Submit a concise, written proposal (please reference the Application-Based Proposal Template) to the Director of the MBA Strategic Consulting Program.
  4. Upon approval of Independent Study proposal, find a Foster School faculty member (not a teaching assistant) willing to sponsor an Independent Study.
  5. Reach agreement with your faculty advisor on your Independent Study proposal. If the proposal differs from the original proposal, please re-submit it to the Director of Strategic Consulting for approval.
  6. Submit your proposal (signed by your faculty advisor and the company you are working with) and the Application-Based Credit Request Form to the MBA Program Office.
  7. Execute the Independent Study project plan, submitting all deliverables as outlined in your proposal.
  8. Present your recommendations to the sponsoring company at the end of the quarter.

 

Questions regarding the Independent Study process can be directed to mbaregis@uw.edu.