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Various Dept Based Elective Course Description

Course Name: Student Designed Elective
Course Number: Different for each student
Elective Type: A, B1, B2, or C
Coordinator(s): UMass Faculty Member (Sponsor)
and if External Site (External Direct Site Supervisor)
Department: Individual UMass Department Based Sponsored
Sites Available: University Campus (sponsor must be a UMass faculty member) or External (with both UMass sponsor and external faculty sponsor)
Months Offered: E1-M10
Prerequisites: * Written Elective Description must be approved by Sponsoring Faculty Member
* Offered to UMass Students Only
Enrollment Process: Approval from coordinator required; email approval to to schedule
Elective Description:  In collaboration with a UMass faculty member, students may design an individual elective tailored to a specific interest. The elective must be sponsored by a UMass faculty member (whether the elective is completed internally or externally from UMass, the sponsor must be a UMass faculty member). This individually designed elective can be a type A, B, or C. Use the Student Handbook to understand the different elective types.

The student and faculty member need to write a description of the elective, including:

  • course description
  • goals
  • methods of teaching
  • number of patients to be seen
  • supervision level
  • Type of elective
  • length of the elective
  • grading basis (O/ AEP / EP / BEP / NCR or CR / NCR)

The student must complete the Individually Designed Electives/Research Form.

Students must forward email approval from Sponsor to

The grading form will be completed by the approving sponsor if the elective is internal or by the direct supervisor and co-signed by the sponsor if the elective is external.