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Program changes

To request a program change you need to complete the Program Change form.

All program change requests will be reviewed by the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies. You and your supervisor(s) will be notified by your departmental coordinator once the transfer request has been approved or denied.

If you change programs, please be sure to check the program requirements as differences may apply. 

Course-based Master's to thesis-based Master's 

If you are enrolled in a course-based Master's program (eg. MEng) you can complete the Program Change form to change to a thesis-based Master's program (eg. MASc) in consultation with your department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies. A transfer to a thesis-based Master's program can only be approved if you have a faculty member confirmed as your thesis supervisor. 

If you are a full-time course-based Master's student, you must make your request no later than the completion of your third term of study.

If you are a part-time course-based Master's student, special permission is required by your department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies.

You may request a program change from a thesis-based program to a course-based program by completing the same program change form. 

Master's of Applied Science (MASc) to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

If you are enrolled in a Master's of Applied Science (MASc) program you can complete the Program Change form to change to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program without completing your Master's degree.

A program change from a MASc to a PhD program will only be considered if you:

  1. have an excellent undergraduate record;
  2. have obtained a course work grade average of at least 80 percent (“A-“) in courses that have been taken for graduate credit;
  3. have demonstrated an aptitude for research and developed a clearly defined research program that is likely to satisfy the research proposal component of the PhD comprehensive examination;
  4. present objective evidence of adequate English language skills which should enable you to write a thesis and to communicate orally; and
  5. are not beyond the fourth academic term of your MASc program.

Your supervisor(s) will prepare a memorandum which summarizes your qualifications under each of the above and submit it along with the rest of your application materials.

In exceptional cases, students may request to change their program from a PhD to a Master's program completing the program change form and including a letter of support from your PhD supervisor.