Plan of Study

In their second year of study, graduate students must file with the Graduate School a formal Plan of Study, which guides academic progress and serves as an academic contract between the student, the advisory committee, and the Graduate School. A Plan of Study can be modified after it is originally filed.  All departmental and Graduate School policies related to filing or modifying a Plan of Study must be followed.

Students should file their plan of study electronically. Access to the electronic Plan of Study Generator (POSG) is via the MyPurdue portal. MyPurdue can be found at The link for the Plan of Study Generator (POSG) is located under the Academic link.  The Graduate School provides access to the POSG.

Instructions for Electronically Filing the Plan of Study

  • Once you are in the Academic tab, click on the POSG link.  A new browser window will open with the Graduate School links available to you.

  • To begin filing your plan of study, click on the Plan of Study Generator link, and then click on the Create New Plan of Study 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 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.

Instructions for Receiving Approval for the Plan of Study

  • When you have completed your plan of study 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 a Draft before you can submit your plan as a Final.  While your plan is in Draft status, review it with your advisory committee and the Director of Graduate Studies 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 committee has 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 your departmental coordinator, your advisory committee, the head of your graduate program, and the Graduate School.  You may check the status of your plan at any time by returning to the POSG and clicking 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.

For help with the Plan of Study, some useful links can be found at the Graduate School Policy and Procedures Manual (refer to section VII).

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