What is a program of study?
The program of study helps you define your path to degree completion. Create your program of study in collaboration with your major professor or advisor(s).
The program of study defines:
- The courses you plan on taking as a graduate student
- Who is on your graduate committee
- Whether your degree is thesis or non-thesis
- If you are completing a minor and/or an option
The Graduate School uses your program of study to determine your eligibility for exams and to complete the final audit of your course work prior to awarding your degree. Please review the policies listed on the program of study form.
How to create an effective program of study
Your program of study helps you and your major professor develop clear expectations for completion of the degree. When creating the program consider program requirements, whether courses are offered when you need them, and when you intend to complete your thesis or capstone requirement. Talk with your major professor about how to create your full faculty committee and get input from these professors regarding the courses you take and a reasonable time line for completion of degree requirements.
You should refer to your program’s advising handbook or similar document to understand the requirements for your degree before you meet with your professor. It is also important to read and understand the Graduate School policies shown on the program of study form.
Submitting your program of study form
We recommend that you submit your program of study form before completion of 18 graduate credits for a master's degree and by your fifth term for a doctoral degree. Submitting the form early allows time for the Graduate School to advise you on university requirements and for you to make adjustments should your plans or course offerings change. At the latest, you must submit your program of study form no later than 15 weeks prior to when you plan to defend.
Please submit a paper copy of the signed program to the Graduate School office or email a scanned copy to the Graduate School.
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