Directed Studies

Investigation of Area of Interest

Students who wish to conduct research in a specific area of interest under the guidance of a faculty member may apply for directed study.  Directed studies can vary from 1 to 3 credits. A directed study may not substitute for a required course (including all core, Executive Skills and Career Management courses) or duplicate an elective course.  Upon completion of the directed study, the student receives a grade from the sponsoring faculty member.

MBA students wishing to do more than one directed study during the course of their program must attach copies of any previous directed study applications to any subsequent applications.  The subsequent application will be subject to careful review to ensure that the studies are clearly non-overlapping, separate courses.  A student may not do more than one directed study in a given semester.

Procedure for Directed Study

  • Obtain a directed study application for full-time students from the Graduate Programs Office or download the form from the GPO Pages website
  • Discuss plans for directed study with an appropriate faculty member
  • Negotiate area of investigation, requirements, number of credits, and evaluation criteria with the faculty member
  • Complete the application for directed study and have it signed by the faculty member, department chairman, and program director
  • Return the form to the Graduate Programs Office for approval no more than two weeks after the start of the semester.  Upon approval, the Graduate Programs Registrar will assign a course number for the class and process the registration

Past Study Topics

  • CSR Compliance Study, Fortune 300 Industrial Products Company
  • LCA/Carbon Footprint Study, Fortune 300 Industrial Products Company
  • Green Product Market Assessment, Fortune 300 Industrial Products Company
  • PACE Regulation, Fortune 100 Industrial Controls Company
  • Renewable Energy Credits Case Study, Fortune 100 Retailer