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380/390 Courses

The curriculum requires students to complete 13 credit hours of elective courses before they can continue to their fourth year. Because classroom elective courses may have limited seating; students may choose to take up to a maximum of 8 hours of 380/390 Independent Study Courses to count towards the elective total.

380 - Independent Study: Research

  • One to three credit hours course
  • Minimum GPA requirement: 2.5
  • Maximum Number Hours within one Department: 6
  • Maximum Number Hours allowed: 8 (only if no 390 courses are taken)

390 - Independent Study: Special Projects

  • One to two credit hours course
  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • Maximum Number Hours allowed: 4


Students intending to take 380 or 390 courses must follow the instructions outlined below:

  1. Choose a topic and instructor to oversee your project. Refer to the Potential 380/390 Topics link below for a list of instructors and their research.
  2. Meet with instructor to discuss project/method of evaluation and complete the online form linked below.
  3. Register for course via Course reference numbers, CRNs, are listed by the instructor’s department (BPS, PMMP, PMPR, PSOP), not as PHAR courses.