Degree Completion Planning

Degree Completion Planning is a new advising process designed to more efficiently map your path towards graduation. See below for key documents and an explanation of the process.

Degree Completion Plans

Individualized Degree Completion Plan

What is an Individualized Degree Completion Plan (IDCP)?

An IDCP takes the Suggested Degree Completion Plan of your major (or concentration or track) and personalizes it for your academic career given your unique needs, goals, and aspirations. This plan could help you save time and money by highlighting a more direct route towards degree completion and graduation.

Who needs to complete an IDCP?

Eventually, all Towson and University System of Maryland students will be required to complete an IDCP. New transfer students and students with 45-105 earned or in progress credits will need to complete an IDCP. (Earned credits do not include the credits for which a student is currently enrolled).

How do I start to create an IDCP?

If you are a new transfer student or a student with 45-105 earned or in progress credits, please follow the Degree Completion Plan Guidelines. IDCP forms are attached above as Excel or PDF files. 

Who can help me?

An advisor in your department will help you with this plan.

How does creating an IDCP affect my advising hold?

Completing this plan will remove your advising/enrollment hold.

Where are the Suggested Degree Completion Plans located?

The Suggested Degree Completion Plans are in the online catalogue under your major (or track or concentration). In the catalogue they are labeled “Four Year Plan of Study.” Be sure to follow the requirements for your catalogue year. Not sure which year you should be using? Your catalogue year is listed in your Academic Requirements report in PeopleSoft.

Why is it called a Four Year Plan of Study?

The heading "Four Year Plan of Study" is a convenient label and neither indicates nor promises that a major can be completed in four years. Transfer students may only be at TU for two years. Double majors or art, music, and dance education majors may need five years. Part time students may need more than five years. Consequently, it is more accurate to think of your plan as a "degree completion" plan without a time component.

Why am I doing this?

Your IDCP is required by Maryland Senate Bill 740 (SB 740). SB 740 is the Career and College Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013. It was signed into law May 2013 and requires all students to file an Individualized Degree Completion Plan.

Contact Jim Armstrong at with any questions about the new degree completion planning process.