To graduate on time, each graduate student must submit an official degree plan to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) for approval. The degree plan formally declares your degree objective, the membership of your advisory committee, and the specific courses that you will be required to complete as part of your degree program. You will develop your proposed degree plan in consultation with your advisory committee. The degree plan must be approved by your advisory committee members, your department head, and, if applicable, your intercollegiate faculty chairperson. Specific rules and limitations on course work and committee membership can be found in the Texas A&M Graduate Catalog.
Completed degree plans must be submitted to OGS according the following regulation with the student meeting whichever of these deadlines falls the earliest:
- following the deadline imposed by the student’s college or interdisciplinary degree program;
- no later than 90 days prior to the date of the final oral examination or thesis defense for master’s students, or 90 days prior to the date of the preliminary examination for doctoral students;
- according to deadlines published in the OGS calendar and dates and deadlines documents each semester for that semester.
Please check the required dates and deadlines relevant to your graduation semester. Failure to file your degree plan on time could affect your ability to graduate.
Once a degree plan is approved by OGS, changes in course work or committee membership may be requested by petition to OGS. Petition forms may be downloaded from the Student Forms and Information page. Changes of major, degree, or department must be requested by submitting a petition and/or a new degree plan/course work petition.