MSU Denver

What is IDP?

The Individualized Degree Program will help you to:

  • design an educational program to meet your specific educational needs and goals;
  • achieve excellence in your chosen field of study;
  • increase your capacity for commitment, critical thinking, and problem-solving;
  • become a more confident and capable self-directed, life-long learner;
  • understand synthiesize, and apply perspetives and information from diverse fields of study;
  • link theory and practice, integrating learning gained in the classroom with experience gained in the workplace and community.

There are two paths to a degree through Individualized Degree Program:

  1. Student Designed IDP – Students work with an IDP advisor to evaluate their completed courses, examine possible paths to graduation, discuss their interests, and ultimately design their own degree.
  2. Faculty Designed IDPs – Students select from a list of degree options that are not yet in the catalog but are being developed by faculty for possible inclusion based on need and interest. These faculty designed programs are sometimes called incubators or emerging programs.

Requirements and Options

IDP Workshops

Dates and Times of Synchronous Fall 2021 IDP Workshops

  • Thursday, October 14, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 2, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 15, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 2, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Dates and Times of Synchronous Spring 2022 IDP Workshops

  • Thursday, January 20, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 9, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 22, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 10, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 11, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Mandatory IDP Workshop Description and Preparation

The Mandatory IDP Workshop is a 1.5-hour session that will provide an overview of the IDP process. During the first hour, students will learn how to complete their Degree Plan worksheet and Rationale essay and receive direction on how to select a faculty advisor for their IDP. The remaining 30 minutes will be used to address any individual questions students have.

Students are expected to access the live Teams meeting workshop on time. All the information presented is critical to your successful completion of the IDP proposal and your timely graduation.

To prepare, please review the IDP requirements, the Degree Plan Guide, and the Rationale Essay Guide prior to the workshop. If possible, you should also prepare a draft of your degree plan prior to the workshop and bring it with you so that you can ask any questions you have.

Faculty Designed IDPs

FAQ for IDP Students

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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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