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Change of Program Information

Students who wish to change from one graduate degree program to another complete the Graduate Change of Program Application.  Students should be mindful of the following criteria for approval when applying for this action:

  • Must be currently admitted to USF as a degree-seeking graduate student
  • Must have completed one semester of graduate coursework at USF under current program
  • Must be in good academic standing with an overall USF graduate grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Must request to change to another graduate program at the same or lower graduate level as the student’s current program (e.g., from one master’s program to another).  Students desiring to change program levels (such as from a Master's program to Doctoral program) must submit a new application for admission.

The Change of Program form must be signed and approved both by the current program and the new program, after which it must be submitted through the COEDU Graduate Studies Office to the Graduate School for approval. If approved by the Graduate School, the Change of Program form is forwarded to the Registrar for processing.

The new program may elect to accept all, some, or none of the student’s previously earned credits toward completion of the new program’s requirements.  No course with missing, incomplete or grades below “C” will be applied. Courses transferred from an external institution can be no lower than“B”.

If a Change of Degree program request is approved, a program of study form for the new program must be submitted and approved. Students who change degree programs are must meet the requirements that are in place at the time the change is approved. This includes the time limits on coursework to be used in the new program to fulfill degree requirements.

NOTE: Students should check with the new program before completing any paperwork.  Some programs may require that the student submit a new admissions application because the Change of Program Request form does not contain sufficient information for them to make a decision. Also, some limited access programs in the COEDU require an interview and other data. For these programs, a change of program form is not accepted.

The Change of Program Request form can be found here.





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