After 12 months but not after more than 24 months, MSc students may transfer to the Doctoral program (fast-track) provided they have completed the following course requirements:
12 credits of B+average
minimum 9 credits at the 500 level
minimum 9 credits of first class standing
clear evidence of research ability or potential
A student may try to transfer only after approval of their supervisory committee to do so. The supervisory committee should discuss this at a supervisory committee meeting and indicate their recommendation on the committee meeting form. The comprehensive exam is used as a “qualifying” exam for students wishing to transfer to the PhD program (see IOP Comprehensive Exam guidelines).
After completion of the comprehensive exam, either within the PhD program or as a qualifying exam for transfer from MSc to PhD, the following form for Advancement to PhD Candidacy must be submitted.
Please submit this form to IOP Program Coordinator.
If a student transfers from a Master's program to a Doctoral program without completing the Master's degree, the commencement of the Doctoral program will be considered to be the date of first registration in the Master's program.