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Creating your Plan of Study

The Plan of Study Process

The MSETM Curriculum offers students an opportunity to customize their plan to meet their career needs. There are relatively few required hours and a large number of electives. For that reason it is very rare that any two students' plans are exactly alike.  While a formal plan is not required by the graduate college until a student is 1/2 way through their program, anytime after being admitted is a good time to start mapping out your plan. The advising worksheet will be helpful in this process.  Think of the worksheet as a draft plan that can be used by the student and their advisor to determine the course load and classes for each semester. 

If your employer requires a signed degree plan as part of their tuition assistance program the MSETM office can provide one.  Please follow the steps below.


Step #1: The Advising Worksheet

Download the Advising Worksheet below and follow the instructions for submission included in the file. Your advisor will then review your plan and make suggestions before an official plan is filed with the graduate college.The checklist  will help verify that you are meeting the program and university requirements.

You will need these files for Step #1:

Click here to download Advising Worksheet (.xls file)

Click here to download Checklist (.pdf file)

Step #2: The Graduate College On-line Plan of Study

Before a student completes 17 hours of graduate coursework they are expected to have a Plan of Study on file at the graduate college. Students are prompted by the graduate college and/or the MSETM office when they reach this milestone. At that time the graduate college will put a hold on enrollment until the student submits their official plan using the Online Plan of Study process. The MSETM office will assist you as much as needed in submitting this plan.

To start, login to the Online Plan of Study  using your Okey credentials. If you have already completed Step one above and have a completed worksheet, Step 2 should be a fairly simple process.

The following hints will be useful when completing the on-line plan of study.

1. The MSETM degree is “Non-Thesis” program

2. The three names to list on your committee are:

  • Chair and Advisor, Sunderesh Heragu, Head, Industrial Engineering and Mgmt.
  • Member, Dr. Camille DeYong, Industrial Engineering and Mgmt.
  • Member, Dr. C. Tim Hardin, Industrial Engineering and Mgmt.

3. Mark the course "ETM 5133 Capstone to STI" as the one that meets the creative component/non-thesis requirement.

Once a student "submits" the on-line plan of study it will be circulated for electronic signatures. This process usually takes a day or two depending on the availability of faculty. After the plan is approved by the program, the graduate college will review it and remove the hold if it meets their criteria.

Keep in mind that it is normal for students to make adjustments to their plan after they have submitted this original version. It is not necessary however to repeat the submission and signature process every time a change is made. Instead, students should discuss any changes with their advisor, continue their progress and a submit a final, corrected version during their graduation semester.