Planning a Course of Study

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Graduate Program Form Procedure

  1. Every graduate student must file a Graduate Program Form with the School of Graduate Studies. The program of study forms are needed to confirm your admitted graduate program, notify the School of Graduate Studies of any course substitutions, exceptions to requirements, transfer credits requested and, for students in degree programs with Culminating Project options, of your intended culminating project. This form must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies after acceptance into a graduate program and before 15 graduate credits have been completed.
  2. A student should prepare the Program of Study in consultation with her advisor. Select an academic adviser who has an interest in your research topic and who understands your career objectives.
    • It is the student's responsibility to contact the adviser prior to the start of the semester for consultation on appropriate course selection.
    • Often your graduate program coordinator will be your default advisor. A change of adviser must be approved by the new adviser, the chair or graduate coordinator of the academic unit, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. A Change of Adviser Form (pdf) must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for the change to be effective.
  3. For master's students the selection of one of the three culminating project options (Plan A, B, or C) is made at the time the Program of Study is filed. Doctoral students will complete a dissertation.
  4. The Program Form must be completely filled out, signed by the student, and approved by the advisor.  It is then submitted to the School of Graduate Studies after acceptance into a graduate program and before 15 credits have been completed for final approval.  
  5. This document customizes your degree audit for you and becomes your "contract" with the University. The degree audit is intended to help you keep track of your program requirements. Both sides agree to uphold their parts of the commitment: you to complete the agreed upon classes, and the University to grant you a degree. Because of the binding nature of this document, it can only be changed by petitioning Graduate Studies. (Use the petition form.)

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