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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.

IDP Workshops

Mandatory IDP Workshop Description and Preparation

This one-hour virtual workshop focuses on the first major component of the Individualized Degree Program (IDP) proposal, the degree plan. We will discuss student responsibilities in navigating the self-directed process of creating an IDP proposal, the faculty advisor’s role, IDP requirements, and University requirements for graduation. You will receive instructions on how to create a successful degree plan. You will spend a portion of the workshop drafting or editing your own degree plan.

Items Needed

You must have the following documents to participate in this workshop:

1. The degree plan worksheet (Excel document) or a current draft of the degree plan that you have started.

2. Degree Progress Report (available in your student hub)

3. Unofficial MSU Denver transcript (available in your student hub)

Sign Up

Review the Workshop Schedule below and email your IDP Advisor with the date you would like to attend. Please mark your calendar because you will not receive the Microsoft Teams invitation until a few days prior to the workshop.

Virtual (Teams) Summer and Fall 2022 IDP Degree Plan Workshop Schedule

· Tuesday, May 17, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

· Thursday, June 2, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, June 15, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

· Thursday, August 4, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

· Monday, August 15, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

· Tuesday, August 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, September 14, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

· Thursday, September 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

· Monday, October 10, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

· Tuesday, October 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

· Monday, November 7, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

· Thursday, December 1, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

IDP Rationale Essay Workshop

This one-hour workshop focuses on the second major component of the Individualized Degree Program (IDP) proposal, the rationale essay. We will review the rationale essay requirements in relation to your IDP degree plan, resources for writing and revision, and establish a timeline for successful completion. You will receive instructions and tips on how to create a successful rationale essay. You will spend a portion of the workshop drafting or editing your rationale essay. Additionally, we will review the IDP process, including submitting the proposal and post-approval responsibilities.

Items Needed

You must have the following documents to participate in this workshop:

1. Your completed degree plan worksheet (Excel document) or a current draft of the degree plan that you have started.

2. A list of the Learning Outcomes (see Rationale Essay instructions).

3. Any partial or complete draft or outline of your essay.

*Sign up is available through the IDP Student Center in Canvas.*

Virtual (Teams) Summer and Fall 2022 IDP Rationale Essay Workshop Schedule

· Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

· Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

· Thursday, June 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

· Monday, August 8, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

· Thursday, September 8, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

· Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

· Monday, October 17, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

· Tuesday, November 15, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

· Thursday, December 8, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

In-Person Fall 2022 IDP Rationale Essay Workshop Schedule – Administration Building, Suite 360

· Tuesday, October 4, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

· Wednesday, November 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

 

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