MSU Denver

Requirements and Options

Completing a Degree Plan Worksheet

Please read the instructions before attempting to complete a degree plan. The guide and degree plan allow you to organize the courses that you would like to include in your individualized degree.

Please be prepared to enter

  • all courses previously taken (including transfer credits)
  • courses in progress and
  • courses that you plan to take in the future

The degree plan worksheet includes sections for General Studies, your major, a minor and general elective credits.

The form is designed so you can save it to your computer, print it out and/or fill it out electronically. The form is in spreadsheet format so it will automatically total your credits as you build your degree. However, UPPER DIVISION CREDITS WILL NOT BE TOTALED AUTOMATICALLY, so remember to check the total of upper division credits (3000 & 4000 level courses, or 9000 if transfer credit).

All degrees require a minimum of 40 upper division credits, and each major and minor will have specific upper division credit requirements. The form is not intended for use on a MAC and may not function properly if used on one.

Once you have completed a draft of the degree plan, please contact your IDP advisor to discuss steps for finalizing your degree.

Writing Your Rationale

A strong rationale is a main component of a successful Individualized Degree. The documents listed below contain suggestions to help you in your writing.

Choose either the IDP Major Essay Guide (for a regular or extended IDP), or the IDP Minor Essay Guide.

Scheduling an Appointment with an IDP Advisor

Please use our contact form to request an advising appointment.

Please watch the video before your first appointment in order to learn more about the program.

FAQ for IDP Students

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Contact Us

We are located on the Auraria campus in the Administration Building, 1201 5th Street, Suite 360, across the street from the Auraria West Light Rail Station and above the Police Department. Feel free to phone us at 303-615-0525.

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