Graduate students must submit an electronic Plan of Study to the Graduate School one semester prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate. The Plan of Study outlines the student’s courses and credit hours and reflects the courses required to earn the degree. The student and student’s advisory committee develop the plan of study together. The Plan of Study must be approved by the student’s academic advisor before submission to the Graduate School. The student is responsible for completing and submitting (as final) Plan of Study to the Graduate School.
PLAN OF STUDY REQUIREMENTS
Each Master’s degree plan of study consists of a primary area and one or more related areas. Both the primary area and the related area(s) are based on the relationship of the course content and not on the departmental course prefix.
The development of the plan of study should begin as early as possible, however, graduate students will not have access to the plan of study generator until after they have completed their first semester as a degree seeking student. The major professor (faculty advisor) or temporary advisor will discuss the student’s background, interests, and degree objectives as part of the preparation for the first enrollment. The advisor will then suggest courses appropriate for the student’s interests. The major professor will also recommend possible related areas and advisors.
In addition to course work requirements, each student may need to complete a research requirement (thesis or directed project).
The plan of study must list all courses the student will take to meet the degree requirements. These include the names for the primary and related areas of study; the course number, course title, and credits for each course; the date when the course was or will be completed; and the research area. The plan of study is signed by each member of the advisory committee and the student. After review by your program, the plan is then submitted to the Graduate School for formal approval.
Upon approval by the Graduate School, the plan of study becomes a contract among the student, the admitting program, and the Graduate School. When all requirements of the plan of study are completed satisfactorily, the student is awarded the Master’s degree.
You should periodically review the plan of study and the progress of its completion with your faculty advisor. After the Plan of Study is on file, committee and course changes can be made at any time up until graduation.
When using the electronic plan of study, changes can be accomplished by clicking on the Create Change Request link available next to an Approved plan of study. The Change Request link will initiate a Change Request form. These procedures all occur electronically via the EPOS procedure.
It is important to remember that submitting a plan as Draft simply makes it available to view by the plan of study coordinator in a student’s department. A plan of study must be submitted as FINAL by the student in order for it begin the review and approval process.
Courses displayed twice, check one and leave the additional course unchecked.
Courses are not listed:
- Print a copy of your unofficial transcript and current schedule.
- Enter courses that are missing as either transfer courses or courses you plan to take in the future.
- If you enter the courses as transfer courses, you will be allowed add the grade received, however, if the grade is less than a B-, the Plan of Study generator may not accept it.
- If entering the courses as future courses you must use future dates. The PoS generator will not allow you to back-date using this option nor will you be allowed to enter grades. No worries, all information is verified by the Graduate School.
- Make sure the course numbers (not CRNs) and course names you put in your Plan of Study match what appears on your transcript exactly.
- Your committee must be entered as one Chair and two members. The PoS will not allow a chair and two co-chairs. For those departments that require a Chair only, you only need to enter one name.
- You will only see the names of Graduate faculty members from your own department. The names of faculty from other departments are searchable. Students in ECE and ME may need to use IDE as a search
When you have completed your plan, SUBMIT AS FINAL. Do not submit as a draft.
STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR ELECTRONIC PLAN OF STUDY
For instructions on how to submit a Plan of Study, please click on the following link: