Students on the PhD track must officially be active in a master's degree plan in order for them to initiate their master's final examination committee. The student must submit a degree plan for their MA or MS as early as possible as to not delay the completion of their degree. If the master's degree is in the same major as the PhD, the student must submit a graduate degree plan. If the student is completing a MA or MS in another program outside of their major, they must complete a change of status. If students are pursing the master's degree on the way to PhD, programs must assign an adviser for the master's degree, even if it is the same adviser for the PhD.