Plan of Study

Early in the program a student must choose an adviser (upon admission, a student is assigned an initial graduate adviser, namely Professor Saiedian; however, the student may choose another faculty as adviser based on his/her own academic/research interests). The student, together with the help of the adviser, must develop a Plan of Study that includes the courses that the student wishes to take to complete the program in a timely basis. Developing a plan of study has three important considerations:

  1. Deciding on the focus area; the graduate adviser will discuss each focus area and the required and elective courses for each.
  2. Deciding on what graduate classes should be taken. This decision is based primarily on the "focus area'' chosen by the student and the adviser recommendations. Each focus area has its own required and suggested supporting courses.
  3. Deciding how many classes to take each semester and work out a schedule based on class prerequisites and when graduate classes are offered.

Once the Plan of Study has been completed, it should be submitted online at

Enrollment Planning.   During each semester, a student is required to visit with his/her advisor for deciding what course to take in the following semester. The student's adviser must approve student's decision. Once approved, the advising hold will be removed.

Hold Removal.   If a student does not have a Plan of Study on file, or if he/she has not visited with his/her advisor for advising, he/she will not be able to enroll (his/her records will be "on hold''). An exception is made for the first semester of enrollment.

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