Graduate programs make all decisions about readmission, change of degree objective, or addition of degree objective. Programs have the discretion to require a full admissions application from a student requesting a new or additional degree objective.
In cases where active student status has lapsed and an individual wishes to resume graduate studies, readmission to a University graduate program is required. Readmission is not guaranteed, and colleges and programs may add conditions to the readmission (e.g., course grades older than a specified number of years may not be included in the degree plan). These conditions must be specified in writing by the time of readmission. If the specified conditions are not satisfied, the student may be terminated the discretion of the graduate program.
II. Change to or Addition of a Degree Objective within the Same Program
Currently enrolled graduate students, or returning students, who wish to change or add a degree objective (e.g., add the doctoral degree in the same program in which they are completing a master's degree) must request the change or addition of degree objective. The student's graduate program must either approve or deny the request.
If the change is to a lesser degree (e.g., to a master's degree from a doctoral degree) in the same program to which the student was admitted, the student must still request a change of degree objective (see Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements).
III. Change to or Addition of a Degree Objective in a Different Program
Currently enrolled graduate students who wish to change to a different program, or add another degree objective in a different program, must complete and submit an application for admission. The graduate program offering the new degree must either approve or deny the request (see Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements).
- This policy does not apply the J.D., M.D., Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S, L.L.M., and M.B.A (Twin Cities) degrees.
- Programs may request from their collegiate dean or unit’s chief academic officer (or designee) an exception to the required use of the University’s central graduate admissions application system for admission, readmission, and changes to master’s and doctoral degree objectives.
Reason for Policy
Decisions on readmission, and the addition or change of a degree objective, should ensure that students admitted to a program have appropriate preparation for graduate work in a particular discipline and at the intended degree level.