Learn More About Plans of Study
The submission of a preliminary and final Plan of Study (POS) is an official requirement for graduation at the School of Engineering.
A preliminary Plan of Study form must be submitted during the first semester of the junior year (54 earned credits).
A final Plan of Study must be submitted as soon as possible after registering for your final semester of coursework.
Learn More About Plans of Study
What is the Preliminary Plan of Study?
The preliminary Plan of Study has students map out the entirety of their degree coursework to assist them in conversations with their assigned advisor about meeting all degree requirements prior to graduation.
What is the difference between a Preliminary and Final POS?
A preliminary Plan of Study is filed after a student has reached junior credit standing (54 credits or more) and outlines the student’s plan for the remainder of their coursework until graduation.
A final Plan of Study is filed after you have registered for your final semester of coursework. The final Plan of Study must demonstrate that the student meets all requirements to graduate.
Who fills out the Plan of Study?
It is the student’s responsibility to fill out and file both the preliminary and final POS. However, students should do so with the guidance of their Academic Advisor. It is ideal to start this process at least one semester ahead of time, that is, in the spring of your sophomore year.
How do I submit a Preliminary Plan of Study?
Step 1: Access your academic planner in Student Administration. SA Self Service > Student Center > Academic Planner
Step 2: Select “Plan by Requirements” to review your remaining unsatisfied requirements for your degree. You may also add courses to your planner using the “Browse Course Catalog” component.
Step 3: Once you understand which courses you still need to take, review what semester those courses are offered and enter them into your Academic Planner accordingly.
Step 4: You can now select “Submit Plan of Study” and the document will be sent electronically to your faculty advisor for their review.
Step 5: You will receive an e-mail after you submit your plan and another one once when your plan is approved.
Ultimately, if the preliminary POS is denied, you must fix whatever errors are indicated and submit a new, correct POS that satisfies all degree requirements.
If the POS is approved, you now have a complete and accurate plan to reach graduation.
If you decide to deviate from this plan, it is your responsibility to discuss the changes with your academic advisor and ensure that you are still completing all degree requirements. If you need further assistance, please access the video tutorial above or contact your Academic Advisor:
How do I submit a Final Plan of Study?
Step 1: You must apply for graduation via Student Administration here: SA Self Service > Learner Services > Academics > Apply for Graduation
Step 2: Submit your final plan of study. You can do this by navigating the following path: SA Self Service > Student Center > Academic Requirements (under the drop down menu at the left) > "Submit Final Plan of Study" button (All of your requirements must show as satisfied in student admin to have your final plan of study approved).
When should I submit my preliminary Plan Of Study?
Students with junior standing (54 credits) must submit a preliminary POS. The School of Engineering and our accreditation board requires that you submit a preliminary POS in your junior year. This requirement is outlined in the undergraduate catalog under the School of Engineering.
Your preliminary POS is submitted through Student Admin., prior to registering for courses for the following semester, or a hold will be placed on the Student Admin account to prevent registration. Once the plan is approved, your hold will be automatically removed.
*If you do not file your POS and this prevents you from registering when your registration appointment time opens (commonly called a pick time), please do not request your hold be lifted immediately. Failure to file your POS in a timely manner is not sufficient justification to have your hold lifted on an "emergency" basis. The advising staff and your major's department personnel must be allowed sufficient time to review your submission and ultimately approve or disapprove it.
When should I submit my Final Plan Of Study?
The final POS must be submitted as soon as possible after registering for your final semester of coursework. The latest a final POS can be submitted is by the end of the fourth week of the semester in which a student plans to graduate.
For more assistance, contact your academic advisor.