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FAQ

Readmission and Changes to Master's or Doctoral Degree Objectives

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it possible to continue to a doctoral degree from a master's degree?

    Yes, if you have applied to and been accepted into the doctoral degree program. If you are a currently enrolled graduate student who wishes to add a degree objective, you must request the addition of the degree objective. It is up to your graduate program to approve or deny the request. (See Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements.)

  2. I no longer wish to complete my doctoral degree and want to exit with a master's degree in the same graduate program. Can I do this?

    Yes, with permission from your program. If you are a currently enrolled graduate student who wishes to change your degree objective from a doctoral degree to a master’s degree in the same program to which you were admitted, you must request a change of degree objective. It is up to your graduate program to approve or deny the request. (See Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements.)

  3. I need to leave my program unexpectedly. Will I have to apply for readmission when I return?

    You may be eligible for a Leave of Absence. Students who suspend their studies using an approved Leave of Absence do NOT need to apply for readmission. Refer to Administrative Policy: Leave of Absence and Reinstatement from a Leave: Graduate Students to determine if your circumstances make you eligible for an approved leave. If you do not maintain active status and do not have an officially approved Leave of Absence, you will need to apply for readmission.

  4. I was admitted for the doctoral degree in my program (major) and want to earn a master's degree in that same program (major) before I complete the doctoral degree. How do I do this?

    Currently enrolled graduate students who want to complete the master's degree in the same program (major) in which they are pursuing the doctoral degree must request the addition of a degree objective by filing a Graduate Degree Plan (GDP) form specifically for the master's degree. The form must be signed by the student's advisor(s), DGS and college, and must be filed with the Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) Office (gssp@umn.edu). Students should consult their advisor(s) before initiating the GDP. (See Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements.)

  5. I would like to add an additional degree in another college. How do I do this?

    Currently enrolled graduate students who wish to add another degree outside the program to which they were originally admitted, must submit a new application for admission for the new program. The new program must approve or deny the application. (See Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements.)

  6. I am planning to add a second degree objective. Who should I notify?

    Students who are adding a second degree objective are encouraged to notify their advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies of their current program of their plans.

  7. I am currently enrolled in a program that offers multiple tracks. My academic interests within my program have shifted and I’d like to switch tracks to better align with my scholarly interests. How do I change to a different track in my program?

    To change or add a formal track (or subplan), you need to request the change from your program (see Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements). Your program must either approve or deny the request.

  8. I would like to switch from one master's degree to another in my same program (major). How do I do this?

    Currently enrolled graduate students who wish to change from one degree objective to an equivalent degree objective in the same program (major), must submit a new application for admission for the new program. The new program must approve or deny the application. (See Procedures for Readmission/Change or Addition of Degree Objective and Associated Requirements)

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