Ph.D. Request for Master's Degree

Graduate programs have the option of making their master's degrees available to students pursuing doctoral degrees in the same or related programs without the students transferring to the master's programs.

International doctoral students who wish to obtain a master's degree in any discipline (the same as the doctoral discipline or a different discipline) with the intention of applying for practical training in the field of the master's curriculum must transfer to the new curriculum at the master's level in order to be eligible for practical training in that field.  Students in F-1 status who transfer to a new curriculum at the master's level must have a new Form I-20 issued prior to the transfer.  The international doctoral graduate student must communicate his/her intentions to the Graduate Coordinator as well as to the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).  Failure to do so could result in a violation of non-immigrant status and subsequent ineligibility for any type of employment.

To Begin the Process:

  1. Submit an [Application for Award of Master's Degree] to the Graduate School.
  2. Submit the plan of study for the masters at least one semester prior to applying for the MS
  3. Student must meet graduation eligibility requirements and an application for graduation during the term you wish to graduate must be submitted. See Graduate School Catalog for complete instructions and deadlines.

 *Note: Students who wish to discontinue completion of the Ph.D. must submit a change of program form at least one semester before completion of the degree (There may be additional requirements placed on such students to earn the masters).

CRITERIA

Master's Degree in the Same Field as the Doctoral Degree
A student admitted to a doctoral program may be awarded a master's degree in the same field as the doctoral program provided that all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The student does not already have a master's degree in the same field.
  • The student's advisor and department chair approves the awarding of the master's degree.
  • All Graduate School, College, and Department/Program requirements for the master's degree are satisfied.
  • A master's Plan of Work is submitted to the Graduate School.
  • The master's degree is awarded no later than the sixth semester of a full-time student's doctoral program
  • The maximum time limit for completion of the doctoral degree remains unchanged

Master's Degree in a Field Different from the Doctoral Degree

A student admitted to a doctoral program may be awarded a master's degree in a different but related field as the doctoral program provided that all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The student does not already have a master's degree in the same of the proposed master’s degree.
  • The student's request must be approved by the student's advisor, graduate coordinator of the student's doctoral program, the graduate coordinator of the proposed master's program, and the Graduate School
  • All Graduate School, College, and Department/Program requirements for the master's degree are satisfied.
  • The student must make normal academic progress toward the fulfillment of the doctoral degree requirements, consistent with the doctoral Plan of Work.
  • The student may take no more than two courses, or six credit hours, per semester in the discipline of the master's degree.
  • A master's Plan of Work is submitted to the Graduate School.
  • The master's degree is awarded no later than the sixth semester of a full-time student's doctoral program
  • The maximum time limit for completion of the doctoral degree remains unchanged
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