BYU Independent Study was established in 1921 with a commitment to expand educational opportunities for people across the world. Over the last 97 years, our reach and our capacity to serve have increased tremendously — we now offer more than 550 courses that are accessible in all 50 states and in over 90 countries worldwide. We’re proud of our history and look forward to providing best-in-class online courses for many decades to come.

Our mission is to provide excellent online courses at the university, high school, and middle school levels. Pursuing this mission can have a strong effect on the course of education and increase BYU’s influence across the globe. We offer trusted, quality courses that are accredited by several trusted commissions*. With both online and blended learning courses, students receive instruction and content adapted to their needs, at their own convenience.

BYU Independent Study courses offer opportunities to fill gaps in course availability on campus, to recover lost credits in high school and middle school, or to meet other academic needs. Course enrollment is open to anyone, at any time of year, with a year to complete most courses. Because of our accreditation and quality courses, credits from Independent Study can be transferred to most educational institutions across the nation and around the world.

*BYU is accredited as an institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). BYU Independent Study High School and Middle School by AdvancED and Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).

Independent Study High School Program Re-Accreditation

Brigham Young University Continuing Education’s Independent Study High School program is seeking re-accreditation with two national accrediting bodies. AdvancEd (AED) and Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA) seek public input and comment as part of the accreditation process. Students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members wishing to express perceptions and experiences are encouraged to do so.

Written communications may be directed to the accrediting bodies as listed below or to the BYU contact listed below. All communications should be received by Monday, March 11, 2019.

c/o Accreditation Public Comment
7665 South Research Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284

c/o Accreditation Public Comment
Middle States Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools
3624 Market Street, 2 West
Philadelphia, PA 19104

c/o Accreditation Public Comment
Veldon Law, Director of Academic Services
Brigham Young University
229 HCEB
770 E University Pkwy
Provo UT 84602

Additional Accreditation Information

Accreditation Reviews are conducted every four to six years by the respective Accreditations. During the review, institutional documents are analyzed, interviews with a range of institution stakeholders are conducted, student performance data is reviewed, and professional observations about the quality of organizational performance are made. The Accreditors share their findings with BYU and make accreditation recommendations. The purpose of the process is to further BYU Independent Study’s continuous improvement

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770 E University Pkwy
Provo UT 84602

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