BYU Independent Study is a distance education program intended to serve students anytime, anywhere. Through Independent Study, BYU offers more than 200 university-level credit online courses, providing a practical and flexible solution for students to acquire university credit. Our flexible solution assists students, working students, armed forces personnel, teachers, and others who may need courses that accommodate their individual schedules. The courses are available online and require Internet access. Students have the option to purchase a printed course readings packet.
Up to 36 semester hours of work completed through BYU Independent Study can be applied toward a bachelor's degree from BYU. Many students wanting to complete a degree they started at BYU can take Independent Study courses to fulfill the course/credit requirements of the Bachelors of General Studies (BGS) program, which can be found at bgs.byu.edu.
BYU Independent Study also offers more than 200 high school-level courses, 40 middle school courses, and 50 free courses for personal development, remediation, and enrichment.
Students may register for an Independent Study course at any time during the year and have up to one year to complete most courses, although most courses are based on a semester's worth of credit. The online catalog is accessible at is.byu.edu. A printed version of the catalog is also available without charge from the Department of Independent Study (120 MORC). A complete list of available courses, the current tuition and fees, and enrollment policies and procedures are found in the online and printed versions of the catalog.