Plan of Study Information for MS Thesis Graduate Students

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Plan of Study Deadline: End of first semester

Plan of Study Academic Requirements

MS POS Worksheet

BS/MS - 5th Year Master's POS Worksheet

30 credits total of coursework and research are required.

Plan of Study requirements: 

  • 21 total credit hours of graduate (500 & 600 level) course work
  • 6 cr. hr. BME
  • 3 cr. hr. Quantitative / Analytical*
  • 3 cr. hr. Life Sciences*
  • 9 cr. hr. other graduate coursework
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and in general must receive a B- or better in all courses on the plan of study. *NEW Summer 2019* At the discretion of the research adviser and plan of study advisory committee members, BME and IBSC PhD and BME master’s degree students may use on their plans of study a maximum of two core competency courses with a grade of C+ / C / C-. At the end of each semester, the BME graduate office will perform academic reviews for all BME and IBSC PhD students and BME master’s students. Courses with grades of C+ / C / C- will be flagged and the BME Graduate Chair and BME grad office support staff will send a notification letter to the student’s research advisor and plan of study advisory committee members along with a copy of the student’s plan of study. The student’s plan of study committee will then confer and decide by vote whether or not to allow the course on the plan of study, and the research advisor will notify the BME Graduate Chair and BME grad office of the committee’s decision and brief rationale by completing and returning the provided signature form in a timely manner. For advanced graduate students who have passed their prelims, the student’s thesis advisory committee may be consulted in place of the plan of study committee.

Additional Academic requirements (required but will not be on your plan of study):

  • 2 semesters of BME graduate seminar (BME 69000)
    • one semester of BME 59500 Biomedship may be used in place of one semester of BME 69000
  • 9 cr. hr. research credits

Course Options

Work with your research advisor and advisory committee to develop your plan of study. They should help to determine the appropriate core competency area for each Purdue course.

Plan of Study Process and Advisory Committee

  1. Assemble an appropriate advisory committee (with advisor input);
  2. Convene a meeting of this advisory committee;
  3. Present research progress, preliminary research focus, and proposed plan of study in 20 minutes or less at this meeting;
  4. Complete the POS worksheet with signatures of all plan of study committee members; schedule a meeting with the Grad Office to discuss and submit your signed worksheet;
  5. Submit the approved POS online through myPurdue according to ePOS instructions.

Plan of Study Useful Information

Career Path Guidance Documents

Electronic Plan of Study (ePOS) Instructions

Transfer Courses

Modify Plan of Study

IUPUI Course Enrollment Instructions