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Masters to PhD?

Discussion in 'Public Health Degrees (Masters and Doctoral)' started by PHealthMan, May 14, 2008.

  1. PHealthMan

    2+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2007
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    If you have an MS in Public Health from one School how does that transfer to another when looking for a PhD if you cannot continue at your own institution for the PhD ? Do they accept credits? do you just do your dissertation typically ?

    Has anyone been in this situation ? Please share with me ont his board or through private message how you tackled it.

    I applied for a PhD but was accepted into a Masters at Harvard and am not sure what to do. I am confident I want the PhD but obviously their is no garuntee. Any ideas?
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  3. Cster0905

    7+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2008
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    Some programs - if you're in good academic standing (normally a 3.5 in all MPH/MS work) - will allow you to advance to PhD candidacy without applying again.

    To go from one program to another, however, I doubt any grades will transfer. Most schools will give you a placement test for x number of credits but nearly everything must be satisfied at the new institution. Keep in mind, also, that placements are for beginning level biostats and epi -- normally. This was the case when I met with UNC, UCLA, Hopkins, Columbia, Yale, etc.

    A Master degree and all the coursework it takes to earn it are REQUIRED for most PhD programs so it would make sense that you'd have to take a fresh round of classes, give or take.

    But, I can't speak for all schools and all PhD programs...so you'd need to ask the specific programs and/or schools you're interested in.

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