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Graduate Forms and Petitions

Need to substitute / waive a course for Boler Graduate requirements?

There might be times when, under special circumstances, a student needs to substitute or waive a course requirement tied to their Boler Graduate Program. Please use the Academic Petition that can be found in your student profile in Banner.

Give us the information about the course/requirement, including the required course information, the substitute course information, and the reason a substitution or waiver is needed. After submitting the form, it will be routed to the Boler Dean's Office for review and decision. Once the Petition is completed, you will receive notification with the outcome and your next steps.

Ready to learn in your own way and blaze a new path? Consider an independent study! 

You will need to confirm the description, requirements, and method of evaluation of your independent study with a supervising professor. When the details have been established, the independent study contract should be submitted to the Boler College of Business Dean’s Office for approval.

A matriculated student in good academic standing may register for an independent study as a way of enhancing a program of study by pursuing academic topics in particular depth or specialization. Independent studies culminate in a substantial written paper or other final project(s). An independent study is not typically used in lieu of a regularly offered course.

Unless otherwise stipulated by individual departments or programs, no more than six hours of any degree should be comprised of independent study credits.

An independent study will not normally be approved for a student on academic probation. Only in exceptional cases will students be allowed to register for more than one independent study per semester.

Students must complete the contract form which includes the course learning goals, scope of the course, the required readings, the written assignments, how the student will be evaluated, and any other expectations on the part of the Boler faculty member. The form must be signed by the student, the Boler faculty member, the department chairperson/program coordinator, and the appropriate dean. Departments must submit an Addition to Course Schedule form to the appropriate Graduate Studies Office before the student may register for the course. For fall semesters, all registration paperwork for independent studies must be completed and received by the Registrar's Office by the Friday before the first day of classes. For spring semesters, all registration paperwork for independent studies must be completed and received by the Registrar's Office by the Friday before the start of winter break.

Boler Independent Study Contract

Withdrawal or Leave of Absence

There might be times when a student needs to leave or withdraw from John Carroll University for one semester or longer.

In order to properly leave the University, whether temporarily or permanently, the student needs to complete the appropriate form and submit it in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in negative consequences financially or academically.

Please visit to review the information and choose the proper form.