Independent Directed Reading (IDR) courses provide students with a flexible option to complete the coursework for their degree.
IDRs are meant for students who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to enroll in an in-person or online course. Along with the IDR Proposal Form, students should submit documentation or evidence of their extenuating circumstances.
Deadlines to submit a completed IDR Proposal Form:
- July 31 for FALL semester exams
- November 30 for SPRING semester exams
- March 31 for SUMMER semester exams
IDRs are normally approved as Elective courses. However, under extraordinary circumstances, the Director of the MAIR program and the Dean of the Graduate College may approve an IDR as a core or substantive area course. If a student is requesting that an IDR be allowed to count as a core or substantive area course, they must indicate this on the form and provide justification for the request.
CORE IDRs MUST be an already approved CORE or SUBSTANTIVE area course.