In the twelfth week of the second (or the third) semester, students submit to the DGS a preliminary proposal for approval of a Program of Study. In it you outline the courses planned and give a rationale to justify your program, along with naming an advisor, all of which you design to lead to the specialist knowledge and methods necessary for the dissertation.The Program Proposal form is available for download.
The GPC reviews the program and recommends any adjustments. Once approved, the program becomes your guide for moving through coursework, and the advisor and DGS may jointly allow adjustments needed to adapt to course scheduling. If you need to change directions in coursework or your dissertation interests change markedly, you may revise and resubmit the program, working with your advisor so that your plan reflects your expectations for future work in the program and beyond.