Graduate Student Handbook

7.6 Master’s Degree on the Basis of Candidacy for the PhD

The Graduate School offers graduate programs the option to grant the Master of Science degree on the basis of satisfactory completion of the Candidacy Examination for the PhD, providing certain conditions are met.  These include: (1) that the degree is recommended by the student’s advisor and the GSC, and (2) that the individual does not already hold an equivalent master’s degree in the same field.  In addition, the College of Public Health GSC requires that the student’s division of specialization must approve the award of the MS on the basis of candidacy. More information can be found in Section 6.6 of the Graduate School Handbook.