GRADUATE PLAN OF STUDY
All students pursuing graduate study in the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development will file a plan of study. A plan of study assists the student and the graduate committee in planning the best possible program. Students in the master’s degree program should file a plan of study no later than the completion of nine semester hours of course work after admission to the program. Students in the Ph.D. program will file a plan of study no later than the completion of 15 semester hours of course work after admission to the program. Students entering the program on probation or provisional status are treated as regularly admitted students for purposes of developing a plan of study.
SELECTION OF MAJOR PROFESSOR AND GRADUATE COMMITTEE
The School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development holds that the student’s major professor and graduate advisory committee are critical factors in the graduate experience. To the extent possible, the student should have significant input into the filling of these positions. The coordinator of graduate study for the School will work with the student in identifying an appropriate graduate committee chair and potential committee membership. Final committee selection is made by the student in consultation with the major professor and will be submitted to the LSU Graduate School for approval.
All students engaged in a program of graduate study in the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development will have a graduate advisory committee. The advisory committee is responsible for the overall guidance and supervision of the student’s graduate study. Specifically, the advisory committee will assist in the identification of courses to be completed, approval of thesis and dissertation topics, conduct final examination for M.S. students, general examinations for Ph.D. students and final examination for Ph.D. candidates. The exact composition of the graduate committee is outlined below.
A student’s committee will consist of at least three graduate faculty members. At least one full members of the graduate faculty from the major department and one faculty representative(s) from each minor field(s) of study will also be included in the committee membership. The Graduate School will assign an additional member to the final committee.
In general, graduate committees are chosen with considerable thought. However, circumstances occasionally necessitate a change in composition. The following are provided as general guidelines to such changes:
- The Major/Minor professor leaves the employment of the University.
- The time constraints and demands on the Major/Minor professor and/or the Graduate Student no longer provide for the continuation and/or exchange of information to the best advantage of each.
- The unlikely event that philosophical, ideological, research area, or other major differences necessitate a change.
The Graduate Student should, in consultation with committee chair, inform the Director of the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development concerning the situation and a strategy to address the situation will be developed. In the event that the Graduate Student has obtained the status of Candidate, the Graduate School must be notified in writing of any changes in the student’s committee.