Plan of Study

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 must be approved by their academic advisor before submission to the Graduate School.  The student and the advisory committee for the department develop the Plan of Study together.  The Plan of Study outlines the student’s courses and credit hours.  The student is responsible for completing and submitting the Plan of Study to the Graduate School.

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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. 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.



For instructions on how to submit a Plan of Study, please click on the following link:

Plan of Study Instructions (PDF)

Plan of Study Changes Slide Instructions (PDF)