Earn a Master's while pursuing a PhD

PhD students can earn a Master’s degree while pursuing a PhD. Students who decide to do so need the following forms:

Graduate Degree Plan

The Graduate Degree Plan form is available on the Univeristy of Minnesota forms website.

Examination Report Master's Degree and Certificate of Specialist in Education

This form is not available online, but is included in the Graduation Packet. It should be brought to the Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Examination and signed by the committee examiners.

Application for degree

This form is not available online, but is included in the Graduation Packet.

Commencement Information (Optional) 

The Graduate Commencement ceremony is usually scheduled once a year, in Spring. Information is available from the College of Science & Engineering (CSE). Graduate students will be notified by CSE, via email, regarding commencement instructions. Information on the Graduate Commencement ceremony can also be found by viewing the CSE Events Calendar. Be aware that the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony is not scheduled the same day and the Graduate Commencement ceremony.