The Plan of Study is a carefully considered selection of courses that you and your advisor have proposed for satisfying the scholarly expectation within your area of interest. And, the Plan of Study should make good academic sense. Once it’s drafted, you should share your intended plan with the faculty members you would like to invite to be on your advisory committee by submitting their names into the electronic system. They will provide feedback on your plan and will ultimately approve it by providing their signatures on it.
Your Plan of Study is to be created and filed online through myPNW and must be approved the semester before you graduate. View more information.
Requirements and Guidelines for Master’s Degree Student Plan of Study
Master’s degree students must file their plan prior to the semester in which they intended to graduate. See the Graduate School website for the deadline for filing your plan. You will submit it as a draft electronically for your advisor and your committee to approve. Your original draft is electronically transmitted to each of your committee members. Any one of those persons may submit feedback, changes or corrections to guide you in submitting a plan that will be approved by the Graduate School. Once you and your committee members are satisfied with your plan, you can submit it as a final draft. Your plan will then be electronically transmitted to each committee member, the Director of Graduate Studies, and finally to the Graduate School for signatures and final approval. Once the Graduate School has approved your Plan of Study, you should check it every semester to monitor your academic degree progress.
The following are some guidelines to help you when creating your plan:
- No more than 12 hours of credit taken while in non-degree (temporary) status may be included
- No more than 6 hours of credit from 400-level courses may be included. A grade of “B” or better is required
- Transfer credits from other universities may be used only if a grade of “B” or better is achieved, and the advisory committee agrees that those courses fit within your plan of study.
- Transcripts for all transfer courses must be on file with the Graduate School. At least one half of the total credits on your plan must be earned while registered at Purdue Calumet.
- Courses that receive a grade of “P,” “S,” or “no grade” may not appear on your Plan of Study.
- The title of the courses on your Plan of Study must be exactly as listed on your transcript
- Be sure to complete the “area of specialization.” It should be your program of study (e.g., Human Development and Family Studies)
- The research area should reflect the subject of your thesis/project
- Your advisory committee must consist of a minimum of three members, with two of the members having regular graduate faculty certification. When you list your advisory committee members, you must also list their area of study. Your major advisor should be listed as your Chair or Co-Chair. You may have one Chair, or two Co-Chairs