2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Change of Graduate Degree Program

An applicant or student wishing to change a major, concentration, location, or delivery mode (i.e., on-campus, online) or wishing to change to a lesser or equal degree program (e.g., doctoral to master's level) within the same College/School has the following options:

Applicant:

  • After submitting an application and prior to receiving an admission decision, applicants may request a one-time change to an academic program within the same College/School to which they originally applied. Formal requests can be made to either the Office of Graduate Education or to the College/School to which they applied.
  • After an admission decision has been rendered and before the first day of class, a student can request a one-time change to their academic program within the same College/School with approval by the department. A new application, additional supporting materials, and/or a new application fee may be required at the department's discretion.  Formal requests can be made to either the Office of Graduate Education or to the College/School to which they applied.
  • If an applicant wishes to change to a program outside of the College/School to which they originally applied or change to a higher-level degree program, then submission of a new application, supporting application materials, and payment of a new application fee are required.

Current Student:

  • Starting the first day of class, a student can submit a completed Change of Major form to the Office of Graduate Education.  The College/School reserves the right to request that the student submit a full application for admission, including the application fee.
  • A student wishing to change to a degree program outside of the current College/School, or wishing to change to a higher degree program (master's level to doctoral), must submit a full application for admission, including the application fee and supporting application materials. A graduate student who wishes to change to another degree program must be withdrawn/terminated from the program of original admittance and accepted into the new degree program. 
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