What is IDP?

The Individualized Degree Program (IDP) is an academically sound, interdisciplinary degree program developed by the student in collaboration with a faculty advisor and the Center for Individualized Learning to meet specific educational goals not met by other majors/minors at the university.


IDP Options:

  1. IDP Major: 40 credit hours, including 21 upper division credits. A minor must be chosen from the catalog.
  2. IDP Extended Major: 60 credit hours, including 30 upper division credits. No minor is necessary.
  3. IDP Minor: 20 credit hours, including 6 upper division credits. A major must be chosen from the catalog.


Two IDP Paths:

  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.


Is IDP right for you?

Before meeting with an advisor, please watch this video and review requirements.

IDP Requirements

The Individualized Degree Program (IDP) is a self-directed process you will undertake with the assistance of your IDP Advisor and a faculty advisor. In order to participate in an IDP, it is required that you contact an IDP advisor. Timely graduation is dependent upon your full engagement, follow-up, communication, and participation throughout the entire IDP process.

All IDP students must complete an IDP proposal including a degree plan and a rationale essay. The final proposal must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor, chair of the department where the IDP has the most credits, appropriate dean, and the Director of the Center for Individualized Learning.

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