Plan of Study

In order to officially define a program of study for a graduate degree, students must submit the Graduate Plan of Study form leading to admission to candidacy. Submission of the proposed plan of study requires that the conditions of admission (if any) to the program area have been completed. The proposed plan identifying the completion option and proposed coursework should be submitted after the completion of 12 credit hours, or after one third of the program has been completed, whichever is greater. Some programs may have earlier deadlines for submitting the plan of study. Early submission of the plan is vital to successful degree completion.

Students must meet the program requirements in effect at the time the plan of study is officially approved by the Graduate School. It is recommended, therefore, that the plan of study be submitted as soon as possible for master’s students and by the end of the semester of completion of qualifying examinations for doctoral students.

The plan of study is developed in conjunction with the advisor and signed by the candidate, the advisor (and advisory committee members, if applicable), the chairperson of the major department, and the dean of the Graduate School. All academic work completed and planned for the degree must be included in the plan of study at the time of submission.

The process of filing an acceptable plan of study is not completed until the student has received a copy of their detail requirements from the Graduate School. If the detail requirements sheet has not been received approximately three weeks following submission of the proposed plan, students should check with the Graduate School office.

Excess hours beyond the program requirements are not permitted on a graduate plan of study. A variation of one or two hours can occur due to slight variations in course offerings, but a graduate plan of study may not exceed the program requirements by any significant amount.

Students may make changes to the plan of study that are necessary because of enrollment problems or other circumstances by submitting the plan of study form and showing only the necessary revisions. More extensive changes may be accomplished by filing a new plan of study marked revised plan.

Failure to meet the deadline for filing an acceptable plan of study may result in a delay in graduation or loss of credit planned for use in the program.

Students may not include a graduate level course on their plan of study that has been previously taken as an undergraduate-level enrollment.