PD 2009-05 Guideline 6 - Changing Graduate Programs

6.1 Double master's degrees.

6.1.1 Pursuit of two simultaneous master's degrees will be permitted only under the following circumstance. A student in good standing enrolled in one master's program may pursue a second master's degree by means of a change of major, the form for which is available at www.sjsu.edu/gape/current_students/forms. University admission need not be sought. The stipulation, however, is that the student may not apply for and be awarded either degree and graduate until the second degree program is complete. Therefore, both degrees must effectively be completed at the same time, and diplomas will be issued for both degrees. If a student changes majors into a second program while still pursuing the first degree and applies for graduation before the second program has been completed, he or she will be awarded the first master's degree and will lose matriculated status. Student status will thus be revoked and pursuit of the second degree prohibited.

6.1.2 Alternatively, if a second master's degree is desired but will not be completed at the same time as the first, the student must file for graduation from the first degree program and formally apply for admission into the second program. That would require a full application via CSU Mentor, submission of all documentation required by the university and the department of the second master's program, and acceptance by both entities. The student should be aware that pursuit of a second master's degree will receive a lower priority for acceptance; the university adheres to the philosophy that, with limited slots available for graduate study, those in their initial undertaking should have a chance before others have a second chance.

6.2 Graduate course exemption. Graduate students who have only to complete thesis or project courses, having successfully completed all other course work for their degree, are restricted from registration for courses outside of their degree program (thus courses absent from their candidacy form). However, the Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies & Research, if petitioned by the department on behalf of the student, may grant an exception to this directive. The exemption would be based on the benefit for the student, for example, electives pertinent to the field of study that were not available earlier.

6.3 Once all requirements for the master's degree have been met, including culminating experience, students will not be permitted to delay degree conferral and graduation, such as by filing for a change in date for award of master's degree or by taking additional courses. The petition to delay the graduation date will be denied, and registration in additional courses as a matriculated student will be blocked.