A student who has a conditional admission to a doctoral program subject to successful completion of the master’s degree, but has not yet completed the master’s program, may for one term register in both the doctoral program and the thesis or project required to complete the master’s degree. Extensions beyond the first term may only be granted by the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), and only if an extraordinarily compelling case is made by the department.
The master’s thesis or project registration will be designated as extra to the doctoral degree and a notation will appear on the transcript that the student is also registered in the master’s degree.
It is important to note that a student who begins taking courses toward a doctoral degree before having completed the master’s degree may experience a significant delay in completing the master’s degree. The student’s focus may change from completion of the master’s thesis to the requirements of doctoral coursework. Note also that students will be assessed fees for both programs.
For those graduate students who are eligible to register in two programs concurrently, they may register through Bear Tracks in the doctoral program. They should then contact their department and request that a recommendation be sent to FGSR regarding registration in the master’s program.