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Individualized Technical Studies - Associate Degree

The Individualized Technical Studies program is intended for currently employed individuals who have a specific career objective that cannot be met by existing degree programs. By combining state board approved courses from two or more major areas of study, the student, along with an occupational advisor, designs an occupational degree program into a unique associate degree.

Program Code: 108251
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Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $9,656, Books: $0, Supplies: $0

Total Approximate Costs

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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Offered At:


  • Day
  • Evening

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit the following to
  • High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript).
  • College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Total credits for the Individualized Technical Studies program will vary with a minimum of 60 credits.

Total Credits 60
  • Curriculum Note: The Individualized Technical Studies Degree has two objectives:
  • - Provide flexibility in programming in order to meet the educational needs of individuals based on their particular career goals.
  • - Emphasize an individual’s career goals that cannot be achieved through enrollment in any single instructional program currently available at the college.
  • As part of the educational process, each student is required to complete a personal program portfolio outlining his or her career objectives and the courses required to meet those objectives. This student portfolio, together with a completed application for admission, becomes part of the review process used by the NWTC Individualized Technical Studies committee to admit the student for a customized technical studies program.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 67% in field

Employment Potential

With the growth of employment opportunities in small and mid-sized firms, employers increasingly seek workers able to take on multiple tasks and roles that cut across traditional occupational categories. With the introduction of new kinds of technologies and work processes, occupational duties and the competencies needed in the workplace are constantly in flux. To be productive and effective in today’s workplace, workers may need skills and knowledge drawn from a variety of traditional disciplines. This program allows students to design a customized instructional program leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies. The individualized program will have a specific occupational focus designed by the student in consultation with an occupational mentor, district faculty, and career advising staff. The program requires the identification of an occupation advisor who will assist the student in specifying skill competencies and occupational outcomes for a specific occupational area.

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.