Entering M.S. students with exceptional academic backgrounds whose goals include a Ph.D. degree may wish to consider the straight-through Ph.D. option. In this option, students are admitted as M.S. candidates but begin taking doctoral courses in their first year. If they perform well in these courses, they will be considered for transfer directly into the Ph.D. program without completing the M.S. degree. Those who successfully pursue this option generally do not receive an M.S. degree.
To be considered for the straight-through Ph.D. option, within three semesters of enrolling in the ACE M.S. program, you must complete the following requirements listed below.
Students who satisfy these requirements may apply for transfer into the ACE Ph.D. program using a Graduate College petition form. The petition must include a recommendation from the student’s academic adviser and will be reviewed by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Chair of the Graduate Admissions and Recruiting Committee.
Students admitted into the Ph.D. program via the straight-through option must complete the Ph.D. core examination based on courses listed in 1, below, before five semesters have elapsed from their original enrollment in the ACE graduate program. The core examination is described in the Ph.D. program requirements. Students must also complete all other Graduate College and Department requirements for the Ph.D. degree (see next section for details.)