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Individualized Studies, B.A., B.Sc.

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  • 48 months
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The purpose of the Individualized Studies degree from Lake Superior State University is to provide you an opportunity to specialize in two or more academic areas. You will meet with an academic advisor to plan an individualized studies academic program that reflects your professional and personal goals.

Key facts:

Guidelines for an individualized studies degree are:

  • Contact a department chair or regional site director with a preliminary plan for degree development.
  • The department chair or regional site director will identify possible faculty advisors or another department chair to counsel you in degree planning.
  • The advisors will assist you in the development of the proposal. The proposal must include justification for specialization and a list of courses which meet the individualized studies degree requirement including:
  • general education requirements.
  • minimum of 124 credits and a minimum of 30 credits on campus or a minimum of 30 credits of LSSU classes offered at a regional center. Fifty percent of the 300-400 level credits used in the concentration areas must be completed with LSSU classes.
  • 24 credits at 300/400 level in addition to general education requirements and a 2.00 cumulative GPA. At least one three-credit course at the 400 level is required.
  • BA or BS degree requirement.
  • You need to contact the chairperson of the Individualized Studies Committee to schedule a committee meeting.
  • You will present the degree proposal to the committee for review. It is recommended that your advisor attend this meeting.
  • The committee will approve your original proposal, approve your proposal with recommended changes, or not approve your degree proposal.
  • You and your advisor will submit an approved Degree Audit Sheet to the chairperson to be distributed to the committee.
  • You will process a Major Change Form.
  • Any course changes from the approved program must be submitted to the committee for approval.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details:

      Admission for new freshmen and transfer students will typically close by the Friday before classes begin.

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Credits
      124 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    For more information please visit the programme website.

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 2.4

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    • Submit your online application for free!
    • Submit official transcripts.
    • Submit test scores (optional).  Test scores will be considered supplemental information and will not impact an admissions decision.
    • If you have college credit through transfer, dual enrollment, advanced placement (AP), or early college programming, please submit an official transcript for each college or university that you’ve attended.
    • Health Insurance Requirements (only for international students)
    • Immigration Form (I-20) (only for international students)
    • Each student that receives a form I-20 will receive a unique SEVIS ID number assigned to him/her. The ID number and the I-20 form itself are used to obtain an F-1 Visa from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.  (only for international students)

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      12456 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      12456 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      12456 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 12456 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Sault Sainte Marie

    • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    More than 90% of full-time students receive aid.

    Scholarships ranging from $500 to $8,000 are available to high school graduates and Michigan community college graduates. Students must be admitted to LSSU by March 1 for consideration.

    LSSU participates in most federal and state financial aid programs.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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