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Individualized Studies Overview

Individualized Studies

Career/Program Overview

Are your educational goals unique to you?

Are you seeking to incorporate prior experience and your own well-defined professional goals into a degree? For learners with interests not addressed by our standardized degree offerings, RCTC offers the Associate of Science (AS) degree in Individualized Studies. This degree option provides an exciting opportunity for those students with unique interests and educational goals. If you bring substantial life experience and a clear set of personal goals to your college studies, this highly flexible degree option may be for you!

Are you working and would like a two-year degree?

The Individualized Studies degree may be the right choice for you.  RCTC will transfer vocational diploma credits from Accredited Colleges.  You may be eligible for Credit for Prior Experience through CLEP* Test and/or prior work experience.  General Education from Accredited colleges are also eligible for transfer into RCTC.  A minimum of 20 credits from RCTC is required for this degree.  A counselor can assist you to create an Individualized Study academic plan.


Achievement of this degree requires completion of sixty (60) credits including thirty (30) credits specific to the student’s unique plan plus thirty (30) credits from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (General Education). Courses may be selected from traditional courses, independent study projects, internships and credit-for-prior learning.  Minnesota Transfer Curriculum classes will be selected to meet specific requirements.

Program/Degree Options

This degree option requires careful planning. Before selecting this degree option, students interested in pursuing the AS in Individualized Study must first meet with an RCTC counselor. The counselor will assist students to clarify employment and transfer goals and then select 30 credits of appropriate Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses and 30 credits of appropriate electives.  

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start coursework any semester. Some courses are not offered every semester so students are encouraged to meet with an advisor or counselor to plan appropriately.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/  

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/individualized-studies
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2017-04-19
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