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Chapter 6G: Program of Study

1. Definition

The Program of Study is an official form documenting the student’s plan for courses to take, milestones required by the department/program,as well as indicating research interests.For master’s degree students,the Program of Study should be filed with the Graduate School as soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of the semester preceding the anticipated semester of graduation (e.g., if the anticipated graduation were spring, the Program of Study would be due no later than the beginning of the preceding fall semester). For doctoral students, the Program of Study must be filed with the Graduate School before the end of the third semester of study (October 1deadline for fall; March 1deadline for spring). The student’s advisor, in consultation with suggested advisory committee members, should aid the student in the development of the proposed Program of Study.

2. General Requirements

Course and other requirements for earning a master’s, doctoral, or certificate program.

3. Filing the Program of Study

Once determined, the Program of Study should be submitted to the Graduate School as soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of the semester preceding the anticipated semester of graduation for master’s students and by the end of the third semester of study for doctoral students. The Program of Study must be on file prior to scheduling of the preliminary examination for doctoral students. After the proposed Program of Study is completed by the graduate student, it must be signed by each advisory committee member and submitted to the program chair of the major graduate program and the chair of the minor program (if applicable) who ensure that it meets the requirements of the program, department, and Graduate School. The academic coordinator will keep the original Program of Study and submit an electronic version through the GRM for approval to assure that it meets the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.

4. Changing the Program of Study

Changes made to the Program of Study must be documented with the appropriate signatures signifying the endorsement of the master’s advisory committee and the approval of the chair of the program and submitted to the Graduate School on a Committee Change form.

5. Fulfilling the Program of Study

Once approved, the Program of Study becomes the basis of the requirements for the student’s degree.

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