3.10 Transferring Curricula or Degree Programs

A. Requirements for Transferring Curricula or Programs
B. Final Semester Transfers
C. Process for International Students

A student enrolled in the Graduate School may change his or her degree level or degree program as long as the request for transfer is made while the students is registered in the program to which the student was admitted and the student is in good academic standing. Specific requirements for transfer must be followed as set out below.

A. Requirements for Transferring Curricula or Programs

  1. A student admitted to the Graduate School is not required to file a new application to change his or her degree level or curriculum.
  2. The student must request a change of degree level or curriculum in consultation with his or her advisor and/or his or her current Director of Graduate Programs (DGP).
  3. The student must sign a Request for Change of Degree Status or Curriculum form and submit it to the DGP of the program in which the student is currently enrolled.
  4. No transfer will be effective without the approval of:
    • (a) the DGP of the program in which the student is currently enrolled;
    • (b) the DGP of the new program into which the student is requesting transfer;and
    • (c) the Graduate School.

The program that initially admitted the student is under no obligation to permit a student to transfer to another program. Where appropriate, the Dean of the Graduate School will issue a Request to Transfer Student Records between graduate programs.

B. Final Semester Transfers
If a student requests a transfer in the final semester, the deadline for submission of a request for a change in curriculum or degree level is six (6) weeks after the first day of classes. The student must submit a written request for transfer to the DPG for approval. If the DGP approves the request, the DGP must then submit the request to the Dean of the Graduate School. Upon approval of the request, the Dean will notify both departments and transfer the student's records to the appropriate department. No transfer is effective until the Dean approves the request.

C. Process for International Students
Curriculum/degree changes for international students involve a more lengthy administrative process. Students who have had a new curriculum/degree approved must obtain a new I-20 from the Office of International Services. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires a separate visa if different from the program to which the student was originally admitted.