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Plan of Study (POS)

The Plan of Study (POS), sometimes referred to as the Program of Study, is an agreement between the student, the program, and the University that lists the coursework taken to satisfy the requirements for completing the degree. The POS for students is flexible and unique to each student. However, it must meet university, college, and department rules for minimum number of hours, etc. (see Degree Requirements, above).

All graduate students must have a Plan of Study (POS) on file, approved by the advisor and graduate coordinator, by the completion of 9 credit hours after entering the program. This is mandatory! The College of Graduate Studies automatically places a “hold” on future registration for non-compliance. The default advisor for non-thesis MS students is the Graduate Coordinator.

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Deadlines for submission of the POS are October 15 for Fall semester and March 15 for Spring semester.

Students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 for each course on his or her final POS, as well as 3.0 GPA for all coursework taken since entering the program.

No course can be on a plan of study with a grade below 2.0. At most two courses can have a grade below 3.0. No coursework can appear on a POS that is more than 7 years old at the time of graduation.

The POS can, and usually will, be revised later to reflect changes in the courses actually taken, but it is crucial that a POS be on file, signed by the student and the faculty advisor, and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Any variation from the POS must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator and then immediately reflected in an updated POS.