A student who is currently registered in a program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may apply for a change of department or program by completing the proper form and submitting a detailed description of the reason for the change.
Students may request a change:
- from one Ph.D. program to another Ph.D. program
- from a Ph.D. program to a Master's program
- from one Master's program to another
Note: A change of department or program is not allowed from a Master's program to a Ph.D. program. A change of department or program form should not be used to apply to another division or school of the University; instead, a formal application for admission must be submitted.
Change of department requests cannot be made within the first semester of enrollment.
Approval for such requests is made solely at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate School and the faculty of the department or program to which the student is applying.
Once the request to change department is approved, students will be disenrolled from their original program and enrolled instead in the new one.
Ph.D. fellows who wish to change to another Ph.D. program should consult with the faculty of that department before formally applying. A Ph.D. fellowship is not automatically transferred to the new program. The faculty of the new program is under no obligation to continue the fellowship from the original department.