Electronic Plan of Study
Preparing the Plan of Study Electronically
Students filing their POS should complete their POS electronically. Access to the electronic POS Generator can be accessed on http://www.mypurdue.purdue.edu. Information pertinent specifically to graduate students is located under the Academic link, then the Graduate School link. The Graduate School provides access to the POSG.
To begin your plan of study, click on the POSG link, then click on "Create new POS" link. Once in the POSG, refer to the Help buttons located on each page to assist you in using the electronic POSG. You do not need to complete the entire form in one sitting; you may save your POS and return to it later.
The POS must not contain the following courses: 549, 579, 648, 649, 679, 698, 699 or any duplicate coursework.
When you have completed your POS and feel it is ready for review of your advisory committee, submit your plan as a Draft. 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 (Graduate Secretary) 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 POS, return to the POSG and submit your plan as "Final". The POS form will be electronically routed, reviewed and, if approved, signed by the departmental coordinator (Graduate secretary), your advisory committee and the graduate school. You may check the status of your plan at any time by returning to the POSG and click on the Display Submitted POS link.
Once your POS has been approved by the Graduate School, you should check it every semester to monitor your academic degree progress.
The Plan of Study Deadline
The Plan of Study must be approved by the major professor and the other advisory committee members and submitted electronically by the 8th week of the spring semester in the student's first year of study. Registration for the third semester of study will not be permitted unless the POS has been completed and accepted by the Graduate School.
Students who must take all prerequisite courses may wait until the eighth week of the second spring semester to submit the POS.
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 the POSG 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.