Terminal Master's

Doctoral students who are leaving their programs can discuss with their Director of Graduate Studies the option to leave with a terminal master's degree.

The form for requesting to change to terminal master's enrollment from is in the Laney Connect Hub, in the "Enrollment" section. Log in with your Emory credentials and follow the instructions to locate and submit the form. You should complete this form in the same term you intend to receive the masters degree. LGS will process your request and let you know when the process is complete.


  • Students must have completed at least 30 credit hours.
  • Students must have met all program degree requirements.
  • Students who discontinue graduate study with a terminal master's degree will not be readmitted.

Next Steps

Completing this process will change your enrollment and set you on the path to a terminal master's degree in your field. When all conditions are met, you will need to submit a degree application and other relevant forms, as explained on our Degree Completion pages.