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Plan of Study
The Plan of Study (POS) is a dynamic document that must be completed during the first semester in a student’s program. It shows the courses you must take and have taken, courses you wish to transfer to ISU (if applicable), and any substitutions you need to make in required courses. The student will work with their advisor to establish the courses that must be completed and the projected term in which the student should enroll in those classes.
This Plan serves as a program completion guide for the student throughout their time at ISU. A copy of the Plan will be submitted to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) and become a part of the student’s file. The Plan will be updated throughout the student’s time in the program.
All new students must complete an initial POS during their first semester in the program. If you are a returning student, you should contact your advisor to work on your POS. If you have a graduate assistantship, continued funding is contingent upon submitting a completed POS before the beginning of the second semester of your assistantship.
The first step to completing your POS is to meet with your advisor (virtually or in person). In previous years, the department used a separate (green) form that your advisor completed only when you applied for graduation. We no longer use that form, and the POS must now be completed at the beginning of your program.
When you apply for graduation, your advisor will update your POS. This form will assist your advisor in completing the graduation pre-certification and certification process. It will show any revisions made to your plan after completion of the initial POS. This document does not take the place of your Application for Graduation. In addition to showing all courses taken/transferred/substituted, the final POS will be kept as a record verifying satisfactory completion of your culminating experience.