Students may, with the approval of both departments or degree programs, request a transfer from one Ph.D. program to another within The Graduate School.

  • This request should not be sent to The Graduate School before the student has consulted with the directors of graduate studies of both departments or programs.
  • Before this transfer can be approved, the student and the new department or program must confirm how the student will be funded through his/her fifth year of study.
  • Transfers do not extend the maximum eight years of enrollment.
  • Requests for transfers should occur before students take the preliminary examination in their current program. Students are generally not eligible for transfers to new departments or programs after the preliminary exam. If the student has already taken a preliminary examination, and the transfer request is approved as an exception, the student must take another preliminary examination in the new degree program.