Individualized Studies

Individualized Studies

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Individualized Studies - A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount  |  Online
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Major Description

This degree enables students to custom-design a program to meet educational and career goals that cannot otherwise be accomplished through existing college programs. The program is suited for students:

  • Who wish to explore potential occupational/techical courses in one or more areas of study
  • Who are working and wishing to advance their careers
  • Who are undecided about their future
  • Who are seeking to pursue a baccalaureate degree
  • Who have started a technical program but wish to change direction

First Semester Requirement for Planning

  • INDS1000, where students create a degree completion plan
  • SMGT2950, where students create a prior learning portfolio and a degree completion plan.


This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.

Individualized Studies Advisor & Instructors
Jabra Kawas
Jabra Kawas
Enrolllment Advisor

Scott Gunderson
Scott Gunderson
Susan Farmer
Susan Farmer
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Program Costs*

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  Individualized Studies
A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr.
Grand Total $11,322.60

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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Work Environment

Graduates of this program will have the opportunity to be employed or achieve advancement in occupations related to their selected areas of study.

Gainful Employment Reports

Gainful Employment Reports are not available for this program.

Career Information

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Transfer Options

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Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Mankato BS Applied Organizational Studies View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

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The Individualized Studies program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications.

Individualized Studies News

Individualized Studies Events

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Clubs & Organizations

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As a student in DCTC's Individualized Studies program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Student Clubs and Organizations

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Individualized Studies students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment. The following clubs are open to all Individualized Studies students:

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK)
Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. PTK provides many leadership and civic engagement opportunities for students. To be eligible for membership, you must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of coursework at DCTC with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Invitations to join the society are mailed to eligible students at the end of each term. To learn more about PTK, visit or contact the PTK advisors.

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs in community and technical colleges. There are nearly 100 competitions through SkillsUSA that relate to programs of study at DCTC or leadership skills. Students who compete and take first place in Minnesota will advance to nationals. Participation is SkillsUSA is a great addition to your resume!

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.