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Independent Study

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Program Overview

Welcome to the Independent Study program! 

Independent Study at CSU Pueblo provides rigorous, flexible courses and degree programs so that you can achieve your educational goals on your own schedule. We offer over 100 exceptional print-based and digital correspondence courses and three degree programs, all taught by CSU Pueblo faculty and subject-matter experts.

Whether you’re a student looking for flexibility, a student who is incarcerated and needs entirely print-based courses, or a member of our military taking courses at home or abroad, our Independent Study program may be right for you.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information!

"The Independent Study program has professional academic advisors and excellent instructors who want to see you succeed."

- Adeniran A., Class of 2019

Independent Study Courses

Our Independent Study courses are correspondence courses where students set their own schedule to complete coursework, with the guidance and feedback from instructors. Students can register for a course at any time, depending on the payment method, and may have anywhere from 16 weeks to 12 months to complete the course.

The majority of our courses are offered in both Print-Based and Digital format, with a few exceptions.

  • Print-Based Correspondence Courses

Our print-based correspondence courses are ideal for students without access to technology or the internet because all course correspondence is delivered by mail. All material for print-based courses is printed and mailed to students at the start of the course, and students mail back completed coursework for instructor feedback and grading.

  • Digital Correspondence Courses

Our digital correspondence courses are recommended for students who do have access to technology and the internet. Digital correspondence courses are offered through Blackboard, where students will have access to all course material at the start of the course and will upload completed assignments through Blackboard, unless otherwise specified by the instructor.

Independent Study Degree Programs

Independent Study offers four Bachelors of Science degrees:

  • B.S. in Sociology
  • B.S. in Criminology
  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • B.S.B.A. in Business Management

All four degree programs can be completed 100% through Independent Study in either the Print-Based or Digital course modes. For more information on our degree programs, please visit our Undergraduate Degree Programs page or reach out directly to the Independent Study Advisor.

Minors are available in Business Administration, MarketingPsychology, Sociology, and Supervisory Management

Certificate programs are available in Foundations of Business and Homeland Security Studies.

Independent Study Course Tuition

Our courses are not only flexible, but affordable! Independent Study courses cost:

$205 per credit hour  =  $615 for a 3-credit course*

Independent Study tuition is a flat rate and is the same regardless of where you live, whether you reside in Colorado or out-of-state. Also, we do not charge additional institutional fees. With that said, some courses do require proctoring services and any fees related to exam proctoring are the responsibility of the student. The cost of textbooks is not included in tuition.

*NOTE: Tuition will increase to $215 per credit hour starting in the Spring 2022 semester.

Pell Grant Eligibility for Incarcerated Students

Recent legislation signed into law on December 27th, 2020 included a repeal to the ban on Pell Grant eligibility for students who are incarcerated. This change should go into effect by July 2023, at the latest. Independent Study is aware of the eligibility change, however we are currently waiting for the U.S. Department of Education to release more details. We appreciate your patience and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Independent Study Catalog: 2021 - 2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022 Registration

Registration Opens October 18, 2021.

To register for Spring 2022 courses, students will need to meet with their academic success coach or faculty mentor, submit proof of vaccination or exemption, and self-register through Banner.

Vaccination Requirement and Exemptions

Student wearing face mask

The university's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy includes the COVID-19 vaccination unless an exemption is filed.

Independent Study

Emma Mitchell

Independent Study Program Coordinator

Jessica Gama

Independent Study Program Advisor
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