program of study

Each graduate student admitted to a graduate degree program must file a Program of Study (POS) - coursework leading towards your degree - including the names of your committee members. A formal program of study should be created as early as feasible in the student's career but no later than 15 graduate credit hours, because it guides a student's academic degree progress. A program of study is an academic agreement between a student, the faculty members of the advisory committee, and the MS Graduate Advisor.

Thesis option students, you will not be allowed to register for masters thesis if an approved program of study and preliminary thesis topic is not on file.

     To begin your program of study, click "Create new program of study". 

     When you have completed your program of study (draft) and feel it is ready for review by your advisory committee, submit by e-mail to the department office You must include on the form the chairperson of your committee and two additional members of the graduate faculty. While your plan is in proposed status, review the information with your advisory committee and MS graduate advisor of record to ensure that it satisfies department and Graduate School policies. Use your draft as a basis to discuss your academic and research goals with your advisory committee members. Once your entire committee has verbally accepted your program of study, return to the POS and submit your plan as "Final” to the department office.  The program of study form will be reviewed and, if approved, signed by the Graduate Advisor of Record and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

     You should check your plan of study every semester to monitor your academic degree progress.