Request to Bypass the M.S. Degree

Policy in Catalog:
M.S. Bypass Option in the School of Marine Science Graduate Catalog

Forms:
Application to Bypass the M.S. Degree

General Information:

A student originally accepted to the M.S. program who clearly demonstrates early potential to successfully conduct Ph.D. level research may petition to bypass the M.S. degree program and proceed directly toward the doctorate.

Filing Your Application to Bypass

After the intent to bypass notification is approved and following successful completion of the comprehensive exam, the student may submit the Application to Bypass the M.S. Degree form to the Registrar. The application must include:

  • An approved Notification of Intent to Bypass the M.S. Degree form
  • A CV and 1-2 page statement by the student describing the student's achievements and demonstrated potential to conduct independent research. (These can be the same documents that were submitted with the intent to bypass package unless the student wants to provide an update.)
  • A 1-2 page statement by the student's advisor describing the student's achievements and demonstrated potential to conduct independent research
  • A recommendation by the advisory committee that the student be allowed to bypass the master's degree.

A bypass represents a change in funding obligations and, for that reason, must be approved by the student's department chair.

The Academic Status and Degrees Committee (ASDC) will recommend to the Associate Dean of Academic Studies whether or not permission to bypass should be granted. Appeals of an adverse decision may be made to the Associate Dean of Academic Studies

Note: A student's classification in Banner is not changed to the doctoral program until all steps of the bypass are complete. Once a student's application to bypass is approved, milestone deadlines will also be updated to the 72-month degree program timeline.

Recommended Timeline for Completing the Bypass

(for students who matriculate in the fall)

During the 2nd Academic Year
December/January - Submit Intent to Bypass Paperwork to SMS Registrar
By February 1 - Notification of Intent to Bypass is Approved
March/April - Add 5th External Member for PhD Level Committee
May/June/July - Complete the Comprehensive Exam
By August 1 - Submit Application to Bypass Paperwork to SMS Registrar

At the Beginning of the 3rd Academic Year
August/September - Application to Bypass is Approved and Student Enters the PhD Program

Last Updated: 13-March-2019 by J. Hay