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Candidates for all graduate degrees must file an Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS). The following procedures apply to PhD, MA, and MTESOL students in the Department of English. MFA students should consult Justin Petropoulos, MFA Program Manager, for specific iPOS instructions.
An iPOS must be approved by the supervisory committee, the English department, the graduation office, and the dean of the Graduate College. Students must submit their iPOS before they have completed 50 percent of their programs. Failure to do so may result in a hold on registration.
The iPOS becomes the official record of your program plans and is a listing of what you have already taken, are presently taking, and will take to complete your requirements. It should be completed in consultation with your committee chair/advisor. Only a chair is required in order to submit the iPOS. Once an iPOS has been approved by the Graduate College, the student may then submit a committee change request to add committee members or to change chairs, co-chairs and members. Students also have the option of selecting their entire committee at once, which will eliminate the need to submit the committee change request later.
Committee change requests, petitions, course change requests and master's-in-passing applications are submitted electronically through your MyASU homepage.
Ph.D. students must have a committee formed before or at the time of the portfolio submission. Master's students will not be permitted to register for thesis credits or applied project until they have an approved iPOS on file.
To access the plan of study log in to MyASU
For further details on how to submit your Plan of Study, see the Graduate College How to Guides.
Foreign Language Requirement: Graduate programs in English have a language requirement (except for MA/PhD English Education, MAS, and MFA). Foreign language requirement results cannot be posted without an approved iPOS with entire committee on file. If you have completed the language requirement but have not filed an iPOS, contact email@example.com after your iPOS has been approved by Graduate College so the graduate program staff can update the requirement. The language requirement will remain “incomplete” until notification of completion (i.e., exam results, grades, etc.) is received.
DEPARTMENTAL PROCEDURE (PhD and MA) In order for the English department to approve your iPOS you must follow these instructions:
DEPARTMENTAL PROCEDURE (MTESOL and MA English Education) In order for the English department to approve your iPOS you must follow these instructions:
DEPARTMENTAL PROCEDURE (MA English (English Studies) Online, MAS Film and Media Studies, and MTESOL Online) In order for the Department of English to approve your iPOS you must follow these instructions:
If you experience technical difficulty with submission, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you submit the iPOS, you cannot make changes until it has been approved. When your Plan of Study is approved, make sure you submit a course change request (through your MyASU iPOS link) if courses that you took do not match what you originally planned. You can also add and delete committee members by filing a committee change request through your iPOS link. If you are required to complete exams (foreign Language, oral/written) and hold a defense, make sure your committee matches what is on your Plan of Study. Please note: Students doing applied project or capstone must have two committee members.
Graduation Extensions: Students who have exceeded their time to degree (i.e., master's students must graduate within six years from the first course on their plan of study; PhD students within ten years) must file a petition for extension of graduation. This petition must be include a detailed justification: Why the petition is needed, what happened to cause the delay, when does the student intend to graduate, etc. A detailed timeline on progress toward defense such as: chapter 1 is due on ___, chapter 2 is due on ___. Include student statement: “I understand that there will be no further extensions petitioned, failure to meet agreed upon deadline will result in dismissal from the program.”