Graduate Program - Filing Your Plan of Work
WHAT IS A PLAN OF GRADUATE WORK?
It's a list of the courses you will take to satisfy your degree requirements. For students submitting a thesis or dissertation, it also identifies the members of your advisory committee, who must approve the plan. The plan of work is a contract that serves to protect students from shifting expectations, and documents their completion of degree requirements. Developing the Plan helps thesis/dissertation students (and their committees) ensure appropriately focused preparation for research.
WHO MUST FILE A PLAN OF WORK?
All graduate students in Computer Science must file a plan of work.
WHEN SHOULD THE PLAN OF WORK BE SUBMITTED?
For PhD students, the plan should be submitted between the time the Written Prelim Exam is passed, and the Oral Prelim Exam is to be taken. It is advisable to constitute the committee, and submit the plan of work, as soon after the Written Prelim Exam as possible (but no later than 4 weeks before the Oral Prelim Exam).
For MS (thesis or non-thesis) students, the plan should be submitted during the first month of the semester in which the student will graduate, or 4 weeks before the thesis defense, whichever is earlier.
HOW DO I FILE A PLAN OF WORK?
The Graduate Plan of Work is submitted electronically using the Mypack Portal (under Student Information Services). Once you submit it, it is electronically routed to your committee (for MS thesis and Phd students) for approval, and then to the DGP, and eventually to the Graduate School. The Plan of Work may be revised and re-submitted electronically, after submission.
At the same time that you file your Graduate Plan of Work, you should fill out the university's patent agreement. Read and sign the agreeement and submit to the Graduate Secretary.