After you have passed the Preliminary Exam Requirement, you must submit a Tentative Program of Study, otherwise referred to as a Blue Card to the Graduate Office. This card outlines the courses that you plan to take to fulfill all the coursework requirements for the Ph.D. You will be free to make changes to your plan after filing this card, but once your advisor and the Vice Chair have signed it, you are assured that the courses you intend to take will be accepted as satisfying all of the requirements. This eliminates the possibility that you will discover, while preparing to take the qual exam, that you have to take another course.

Sample of an approved Blue Card.