Graduate Plan of Study

student at computerEach graduate student admitted to a degree program must file a Plan of Study (POS). A formal Plan of Study should be created as early as feasible in the student’s career because it guides a student’s academic degree progress. A plan of study is an academic contract among a student and the faculty members of the advisory committee. All departmental and Graduate School policies related to the filing of a Plan of study must be adhered to explicitly.

All plans of study must first be submitted as Draft before you can submit your plan as a Final. While your plan is in Draft status, review the information with your advisory committee and your departmental coordinator 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 plan of study, return to the POSG and submit your plan as “Final.” The plan of study form will be electronically routed, reviewed and, if approved, signed by the departmental coordinator, your advisory committee and the Graduate School.

The completed Plan of Study must reach the West Lafayette Graduate School Office by the end of the semester preceding the semester in which the degree is to be awarded.

For Ph.D students, the Plan of Study must be filed prior to scheduling the Preliminary Examination.

Alteration of the Plan of Study

Occasionally students find it necessary to change some aspect of their POS. For example, a student may be unable to enroll in a course listed on the POS because of a schedule conflict or course cancellation. In other cases, the student’s program emphasis or professional interests may change. In this case, some of the listed courses are no longer appropriate. Sometimes, it may be necessary to change the members of the advisory committee. To make changes to your POS go again to SSINFO and file an electronic change to the POS. Such changes must have the approval of all members of the student’s advisory committee. The form is signed by the student, the major professor, and the chair of the graduate committee, and is transmitted to the Graduate School for approval and filing. Each term the Graduate School announces the deadline date after which no changes in the POS can be made if the student is to receive a graduate degree in that term.


Master's Plan of Study

PhD Plan of Study