Lakeland University Student Designed

Student Designed

With Lakeland University’s Student-Designed courses, you can earn academic credit toward your degree on the job – without stepping foot in a traditional classroom! 

  •  Writing an employee manual at work? Conducting product research? Get class credit. 
  • Have a passion for international business? Want to specialize in Just in Time manufacturing? Complete your degree with an area of emphasis that perfectly matches your interests and current or future career.


Designed By You, For You

Earn Credit For The Work You Already Do.

Whether it’s projects you’re already doing or much-needed tasks your boss doesn’t have time for – only Lakeland lets you earn academic credit for real-time work projects.

Student earning credits for on the job experience.

Getting Started

Take one or more self-designed courses!

  • If you need electives
  • If you want to create a unique undergraduate area of emphasis (up to 12 credits).
  • If you want to create a unique graduate concentration (up to 9 credits).

1. Does you work project qualify for LU credits?

  • Project is approximately 40 hours or more during the term start and end dates
  • Project aligns with your Lakeland University major.

2. Complete the Application

3. Student is notified of approval status.

4. Student begins the course at the start of the term

  • Student designs the course weeks 1 and 2
  • Student completes non-research based check-in discussion throughout the course -- approximately 30 minutes per week.
  • Student gives a presentation to their employer/stakeholders.
  • Student submits a portfolio documenting their work at the end of the course.



*This concentration plan must be approved in advance by the student’s academic advisor and the Dean of the J. Garland Schilcutt School of Business, Science & Technology. Cooperative Education courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements of this concentration.

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