Integrative Masters Project (IMP)

How to Register

Students are required to successfully complete an Integrative Masters Project as part of their degree requirements. Students may choose from one of the five options below.

Payment: Please note that a $600 fee is charged each time you register for an IMP. Commonly, financial aid will cover the cost of your IMP. Please refer to your financial aid package to verify your IMP fee is included.

Credits: While Integrative Masters Projects are zero (0) credits, students are granted a 6-credit equivalency (or more than half-time status) for the term(s) in which the study is taking place.

Submission & Approval Process: Instructions for Students

Instructions and forms for submitting your Independent Studies are now available on the website. For the other IMP options (Portfolio, Site-based Inquiry, Collaborative Student/Faculty Inquiry and Directed Essay) confer with your mentor about completion processes.

In this IMP, the student will provide the inquiry topic based in an educational setting. These are student-initiated projects with a faculty facilitator and small peer groups.

Duration 

  • This is a Semester-Based IMP Option. Student work must be completed and submitted by the end of one semester.
  • Students who have not completed their work by the end of the semester will be required to re-register and pay for another IMP option in the future.
  • Some Semester-Based IMPs are scheduled to begin prior to the official first day of the term. Please read the dates in the schedule carefully, and be sure to register on time and attend all sessions.
  • Attendance is required at all scheduled class meetings.

Registration

  • Register for a Semester-Based IMP as you would for a course! To see how to register for a course, please visit our Registration page.
  • Remember: Seats in a Semester-Based IMP are treated like a regular course and are available on a first come/first serve basis.

Dropping

  • You can drop a Semester-Based IMP just like a regular class. Please visit our Add/Drop page for more information.
  • Students who drop their IMP during the Add/Drop period will be given a refund for the $600 fee. 
  • If the IMP is not dropped by the end of the Add/Drop period, the fee is not refundable and not transferrable to another future IMP option.

In this IMP, specific inquiry topics are posted each semester. Please see the course schedule for topic descriptions. This IMP features student-initiated projects with a faculty facilitator and small peer group.

Duration

  • This is a Semester-Based IMP Option. Student work must be completed and submitted by the end of one semester.
  • Students who have not completed their work by the end of the semester will be required to re-register and pay for another IMP option in the future.
  • Some Semester-Based IMPs are scheduled to begin prior to the official first day of the term. Please read the dates in the schedule carefully, and be sure to register on time and attend all sessions.
  • Attendance is required at all scheduled class meetings

Registration

  • Register for a Semester-Based IMP as you would for a course! To see how to register for a course, please visit our Registration page.
  • Remember: Seats in a Semester-Based IMP are treated like a regular course and are available on a first come/first serve basis.

Dropping

  • You can drop a Semester-Based IMP just like a regular class. Please visit our Add/Drop page  for more information.
  • Students who drop their IMP during the Add/Drop period will be given a refund for the $600 fee. 
  • If the IMP is not dropped by the end of the Add/Drop period, the fee is not refundable and not transferrable to another future IMP option.

During this IMP, you will be individually mentored by program faculty with program-specific, pre-existing questions.  An overview and the questions are available on my.bankstreet.edu.   

Duration

  • This is a Semester-Based IMP Option. Student work must be completed and submitted by the end of one semester. 
  • Students who have not completed their work by the end of the semester will be required to re-register and pay for another IMP option in the future.

Attendance

Once you have been notified by the IMP committee who your Mentor will be, initiating and maintaining contact with the Mentor of the Mentored Directed Essay is a required part of the process.

Registration

  • Register for a Semester-Based IMP as you would for a course! To see how to register for a course, please visit our Registration page.
  • Students who do not register online for the MDE, may register in person at the Registrar’s Office any time up until the last day of the drop/add period. Visit our Add/Drop page for deadlines and important dates.   

Dropping

  • You can drop a Semester-Based IMP just like a regular class. Please visit our Add/Drop page for more information.
  • Students who drop their IMP during the Add/Drop period will be given a refund for the $600 fee. 
  • If the IMP is not dropped by the end of the Add/Drop period, the fee is not refundable and not transferrable to another future IMP option.

This IMP option is a student initiated project or formal study guided by a faculty mentor.

Duration

Varies. Students often take two semesters to complete the work required, but depending on the agreement between the student and faculty mentor, work may be completed in more or less time than average.

Registration

Students must fill out the Independent Study Commence Form in triplicate, available in the Registrar’s Office.

 Registration CANNOT BE DONE ONLINE.

 To complete the form you will need signatures from:

  • Mentor
  • Advisor or Program Director
  • Financial Aid Office (if applicable)
  • Business Office

Once you have received all of the above signatures, the form must be brought to the Registrar’s Office.

What If I Didn’t Finish?

If your Independent Study is continuing beyond one term, a Continuation of Independent Study Form (pdf) should be filed with the Registrar’s Office for each subsequent term.

Students have one year to complete the study before an additional one time $100 fee is charged. 

Using an Independent Study to Graduate

Do you have a specific graduation date in mind? Then please review the following dates and deadlines. Also, if you’re getting ready to graduate, please fill out a Graduation Application (link to form) and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

 

 

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration & Graduation Application (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting


Final IS Due 

May 2013

     February 4, 2013

April 20

April 30

June 2013

June 15

June 25

July 2013

July 15

July 25

 

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration & Graduation Application (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting


Final IS Due 

August 2013

   February 4, 2013

August 15

August 25

September 2013

September 15

September 25

  

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration &  Graduation Application (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting


Final IS Due 

October 2013

    July 9, 2013

October 15

October 25

November 2013

November 15

November 25

  

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration & Graduation Application (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting


Final IS Due 

December 2013

 

   September 23, 2013

November 30

December 15

January 2014

January 15

January 25

February 2014

February 15

February 25

March 2014

March 15

March 25

April 2014

April 15

April 25

 

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration & Graduation Application (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting


Final IS Due 

May 2014

     February 3, 2014

April 20

April 30

June 2014

June 15

June 25

July 2014

July 15

July 25

 

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration & Graduation Application  (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting


Final IS Due 

August 2014

   February 3, 2014

August 15

August 25

September 2014

September 15

September 25

  

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration &  Graduation Application (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting


Final IS Due 

October 2014

    July 3, 2014

October 15

October 25

November 2014

November 15

November 25 

  

Anticipated Graduation Date

IS Registration & Graduation Application (pdf) Deadlines

IS Draft Due to Mentor all but final formatting

Final IS Due 

December 2014

   September 15, 2014

November 30

December 15

 

Credits Earned

 No official credits are earned from enrollment in the Independent Study, but you do earn credit equivalents.  This means that although you don’t receive any graduate credit, it’s as if you are doing six credits worth of work in each term that you registered for the Independent Study.  This is helpful if you need to keep a half-time status.

 

Maintaining Six Credit Equivalents Every Term

You need to register or complete the Continuation of Independent Study Form  (pdf) each semester you want to show you are working on your Independent Study.

 

Deadlines for registration or submission of the Continuation of Independent Study Form (pdf) in order to have credit equivalents

6 credit equivalents                        Registration must occur
granted for:                                      during this period:

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Summer 2 2013                               May 30, 2013 to July 9, 2013

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Fall 2013                                            July 10, 2013 to September 23, 2013

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Spring 2014                                      December 2, 2013 to February 3, 2014

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Summer 1 2014                               April 21, 2014 to May 28, 2014

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Summer 2 2014                               May 29, 2014 to July 3, 2014

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Fall 2014                                            July 7, 2014 to September 15, 2014

A portfolio is a collection of documents, called artifacts, that provides evidence of your knowledge, skills and dispositions. The documents in the Portfolio, collected over the course of an academic year, represent your professional development and reflect your growth and change through course work and classroom experiences as well as through related personal journeys. 

For more information, please visit the IMP Guide.

Application

  • Students submit an online application using this link.
  • All applications must be submitted by June 26, 2013.
  • By the end of July 2013, students will be emailed an acceptance letter with instructions for registering.

Duration

  • This is a year long IMP Option.
  • The collaborative nature of the portfolio requires students to attend monthly portfolio group meetings from September—April.
  • Students also meet individually with a portfolio mentor.
  • The portfolio process culminates with each student publicly presenting his or her work.
  • A written portfolio is also submitted in May 2014.

Dropping

You can drop a Portfolio just like a regular class. Please visit our Add/Drop page  for more information.

Students who drop their IMP during the Fall Add/Drop period will be given a refund for the $600 fee. 

If the IMP is not dropped by the end of the Fall Add/Drop period, the fee is not refundable and not transferrable to another future IMP option.

 

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