QERM: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program


Degree Programs

Master’s By-Pass

Students admitted at the pre-master’s level may, under exceptional circumstances, apply to proceed directly to post-master’s study after the successful completion of the QERM qualifying examinations at the doctoral level pass.

Students pursuing a Master’s By-Pass must:

  • Submit to the QERM Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) a letter of intent to pursue the Master’s By-Pass option as soon as possible after successfully passing the first-year qualifying examinations at the doctoral level. This notification will provide the GPC with an opportunity to counsel the student on the appropriateness of pursuing a Master’s By-Pass option.
  • Establish a Master’s By-Pass committee consisting of faculty who will also serve on the Ph.D. Supervisory Committee.
  • Provide evidence that they have reached a Master’s level of competence in written completion of research. This will take the form of a paper submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The Master’s By-Pass committee will provide guidance in completing this research paper and will make the final approval to submit the publication. If there are co-authors on the paper there must be evidence showing that the student is responsible for the vast majority of the effort on the paper and that the student completed all quantitative effort.
  • Present their research at an advertised public presentation.
  • Provide the Master’s By-Pass committee with a preliminary Ph.D. dissertation proposal.
  • Provide evidence that all coursework for the QERM M.S. degree has been successfully completed.

The Master’s By-Pass Committee will:

  • Provide the QERM GPC with a letter approving the student’s request to by-pass the master's degree with an agreement to serve on the student’s Ph.D. supervisory committee.
  • Concur that the student has reached a M.S. level of competence in written completion of research. This will take the form of a paper submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. If there are co-authors on the paper there must be evidence showing that the student is responsible for the vast majority of the effort on the paper and that the student completed all quantitative effort.

The Graduate Program Coordinator will:

  • Verify with the student the final composition of his/her doctoral supervisory committee and submit this information to The Graduate School.
  • Document in the student’s file that the by-pass has been successfully completed.

 

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