|University of Southern California
Marshall School of Business
Independent Research (ACCT-593, BAEP-593, BUCO-593, FBE-593, GSBA-593, IOM-593, MKT-593, and MOR-593) is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to pursue research in an area of interest above and beyond normal course offerings. The course is offered under the oversight of a full-time Marshall faculty member and the general supervision of the Vice Dean, Marshall Graduate Programs.
Students must have a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to enroll in Independent Research.
The student is cautioned to ensure that s/he is registering for the appropriate independent study course. Independent research projects that require field work should be accomplished under course number 592. A research project that requires the student(s) to deliver recommendations to a firm or company (as a consultant) should be completed under course number 597. Research completed entirely at the client’s location and under the client’s direct supervision (paid or unpaid) should be considered an internship and completed under 595. Note: Employed students may not register for this course in order to obtain credit for research completed in the course of their regular employment.
A three-unit class at the University requires three hours of class time plus an average of five to seven hours of preparation time per week. A student registering for a three-unit 593 will be expected to meet or exceed this time expectation. 593’s for less than three units may be evaluated on a pro-rata basis.
593’s must be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Independent Research will not count toward the student’s grade point average.
The procedure for enrollment in an Independent Research course first requires the completion of the application form on the next page and attachment of a proposal. It is expected that the statement of the problem, detailed methodology, type of resource materials, measurement instruments, and expected results will be documented prior to being approved by the supervising faculty member.
The nature of the research to be conducted should determine which academic department will oversee the student’s work. For example, marketing research should be overseen by a member of the Marketing faculty, and the student should register for MKT-593.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete the application form and obtain the approvals from the supervising faculty member, the faculty member’s Department Chair, the student’s program advisor, and the appropriate Program Director or Dean. These may be acquired in a series of email messages forwarded, with the attachment, from one approver to the next.
The student should retain a copy of the approved 593 application and proposal and make sure the faculty member who is supervising the project also receives a copy.
To complete the registration process, the approved application form and the approved proposal must reach the Marshall Academic Administration office in HOH 103, firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to the drop/add deadline for the applicable semester.
Final papers/reports/projects must be delivered to the supervising faculty member as agreed. The due date may be no later than the last class day of the applicable semester.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH APPLICATION
Name: Student ID #:
Telephone #: Fax #: E-Mail Address:
Degree Objective: Planned Graduation Date: GPA:
Attach to this application a proposal which addresses the following:
Statement of the problem for study.
What course is most closely connected to this study?
How is the content of the proposal not available through regularly scheduled courses?
Name two or three secondary sources that relate most clearly to your topic. (Author and Title)
Methodology. (Include sources, survey methods, general plan for study, etc.)
Expected Results. (Include format for final report.)
Semester: Year: Dept: Section #:
If I become eligible for the 593 I have requested, please
Just register me for the 593 and do nothing else. I will drop unwanted courses on my own.
Drop me from the following course and register me for the 593.
Semester: Section #: # of Units
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Student’s Signature Date
Faculty Member who Number of Units:
will supervise the project: Print Name
Signature Department Date Date Print Name Department Print Name Department
Director or Dean
of Student’s Program: Signature Date
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Received on Date: / / at Time: AM / PM By Staff Member:
Registration Processed by: on Date: / / Notes:
Confirmed via: by: at Time: AM / PM on Date: / /
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