Transfer from Doctoral to Master's Programs

Form: Transfer from Doctoral to Master's Program

Students may apply to transfer from doctoral to master’s programs. Transfers may be approved if they meet the following conditions:

  • Ideally, the transfer is initiated early in the student’s doctoral program.
  • The transfer should be justified on the grounds of its appropriateness for the student’s personal or professional goals. These should be discussed by the student and his or her advisor.
  • Transfer requires the full agreement of both student and graduate program.

Transfers between programs involving a change of discipline must be treated as new admissions.


Transfers from doctoral to master’s programs may have implications for student funding.

Students must complete all the requirements for the master's program in order to be awarded their degree.