Plan of Study - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

Plan of Study

All degree seeking graduate students are required to submit an electronic Plan of Study as soon as possible in their program (2nd semester MS; 4th semester PhD).  This plan serves as a contract between the student, their advisory committee, and the Graduate School.  All departmental and Graduate School policies related to the filing of a Plan of Study must be adhered to.  Even though your plan should be submitted early in your program, your plan must be submitted and receive all departmental signatures prior to the first day of classes of the session of anticipated graduation.


How to file a Plan of Study

Before you begin, the Graduate School recommends that you meet with your advisor to discuss aspects of your plan, such as the courses that should be included, the individual(s) who should be a part of the advisory committee, and any transfer courses or master’s credits to be used (if applicable).

To begin, login to myPurdue Portal using your Purdue career account. Under the “Academic” tab select the “Graduate School Plan of Study” link in the “Graduate Students” box.  Login using your Purdue career account and Click on the “Plan of Study Generator” link and then “Create New Plan of Study.  Refer to the help buttons located on each page to assist you.

  • You do not need to complete the entire form in one sitting;
    you may save your Plan of Study and return to it later.
  • You may not bookmark any pages within the Graduate School link.
    To return to the POSG you must login to myPurdue.

When you have completed your Plan of Study and feel it is ready for review by your advisory committee, submit your plan as a draft. While your plan is in draft status:

  • Review the information with your advisory committee and your departmental coordinator 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 Plan of Study, return to the POSG and submit your plan as "Final." The Plan of Study form will be electronically routed, reviewed and, if approved, signed by the departmental coordinator, 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 Plan of Study" link. 

Once your entire committee has verbally accepted your Plan of Study, return to the POSG and submit your plan as "Final." The Plan of Study form will be electronically routed, reviewed and, if approved, signed by the departmental coordinator, 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 Plan of Study" link. 

Once the Graduate School has approved your Plan of Study, you should check it every semester to monitor your academic degree progress.

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