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.


  • 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. 

Requesting a Terminal Master's

  • Contact your program’s Director of Graduate Studies to discuss leaving with a terminal master's degree.
  • You must complete and submit the LGS student action online form.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when you submit the form, and your graduate program administrator will receive a copy.
  • Your program will be asked to approve the terminal master's in the online system.
  • LGS will process your request, and you will receive an email when the process is complete.

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.