Directed study is the graduate student's primary focus as a Master's candidate. Directed study enables the graduate student to focus on the creation and completion of an independently conceived and committee-approved final thesis project and further the development of a comprehensive body of work/portfolio. Graduate students must have passed their Midpoint Review before starting Directed Study. Throughout all required units of directed study, graduate students have the following options as approved by their Department Director and/or Midpoint Review Committee:
- Take a class for directed study credit 
- Participate in a Group Directed Study [801, 805, 810-899]
- Participate in a DS Mentorship Forum 
- Take an Internship for directed study credit (maximum of six units) 
Upon successful completion of the directed study units, during the final semester of study, the graduate student is then eligible for final review and presentation of work before a formal review committee.