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Individualized Studies

Associate in Individualized Studies


The Associate in Individualized Studies degree is perfect if you wish to earn a two-year degree to set your future goals and to discover your area of interests. When you wish, you can go back and build upon your degree and earn your Bachelor's degree. The Associate in Individualized Studies is perfect groundwork to discover your future.

If you wish to pursue a two-year program of study in a field other than those available through one of the other associate's degrees options, you may design your own program of study to meet particular goals.

Admission Information

To be admitted to the program you must complete an application (available from Carol Hoefler in the LAC) and schedule and interview with an advisor. Admission to the program is granted only upon review of the application by a review committee.


Policy on second Associate degrees
If you have already earned an associate's degree, you are not permitted to earn the Associate of Individualized Studies degree.


Application toward Bachelor's Degree
Credit earned while enrolled at Ohio University associate's degree program will be applied toward an Ohio University baccalaureate degree program. If you intend to complete a baccalaureate degree, you should complete Ohio University General Education Requirements while working toward your associate's degree.


Associate's Degree after Baccalaureate Degree
If you have already earned a baccalaureate degree, you may pursue an Associate in Individualized Studies degree, depending on the rationale for doing so and the desired area of concentration. The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree is not an appropriate objective if you have already earned a baccalaureate degree.

At least 30 of the total credits earned toward the Associate in Science must be Ohio University credits. Technical courses count only as electives.

To submit an application for admission, you must currently be enrolled as a degree-seeking student.

Degree Requirements


Graduation Requirements
Although there are no specific course or academic area requirements (other than Tier I English Composition and Quantative skills), the application must outline your intended course of study, and it must include a proposed area of concentration.

You must consult with two faculty members in the preparation of your program, one of whom must be from your area of concentration.

  • Earn 96 credit hours
  • Earn at least 30 term hours after admission to the Associate of Individualized Studies program (degree residency requirement)
  • Complete University Tier I freshmen-level requirements in English
  • Composition and quantitative skills
  • Complete an approved area of concentration, consisting of at least 30 credit hours, which has coherence and educational purpose equivalent to an established degree program.

A maximum of 24 credits earned through Experiential Learning Program may be applied to the degree. You must also have at least a 2.0 g.p.a. at graduation.