PhD without Masters

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by bo79, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. bo79

    bo79 New Member

    What distance learning PhD programs out there accept candidates that don't have a masters degree?
  2. plantagenet

    plantagenet New Member

    Many Australian/UK universities will admit students with at least an upper second honours degree.
  3. dlady

    dlady Active Member

    NCU (, as well as many others.

    When you do it this way you basically just have to complete the masters course work while enrolled in the PhD program, you don’t save any time or cut any corners (not that you implied that’s what you wanted to do, not a dig or anything).

    Anecdotally, the interesting thing is that, traditionally, the Masters degree wasn’t established as a stand alone credential, but was what people got when they dropped out of a PhD program. Times have changed certainly.

    Good Luck!
  4. PaulC

    PaulC Member

    Probably most will. But as dlady indicates, it will usually just mean that you will complete the equivilent of a masters program as the first part of your doctoral program. No way to avoid it.

    There are many brick and mortar universities that will do the same.
  5. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    The Union Institute & University will accept people into their Ph.D. programs without a Master's degree, but as has been mentioned already, you're going to have to make-up the 30-36 credit hours anyway.
  6. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    Every doctorate program I researched required at least 30 graduate credits in addition to the normal doctoral requirements. As stated before, this is the equivalent to a masters degree. Why would you want to go straight from bachelors to doctorate anyways? If you complete all of the coursework but, for some reason, cannot complete the doctorate, all you end up with is your previously earned bachelors degree.

    Most of the doctorate programs that I have researched accepted up to 30 graduate credits (a masters degree) towards the completion of a doctorate. My masters degree counted towards 30 graduate credits for the doctorate.

    Get the masters and then apply it towards a doctorate program. In the end, you will have something to show for all or your hard work in the event you cannot complete the doctorate. :)
  7. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Actually, if you wash from the doctorate having completed 30 sem. hrs./45 qtr. hrs., you are normally given the MA as a consolation prize. In the state of New York, if one has completed all doctoral coursework (but not the dissertation), one gets an MPhil. One advantage of direct admission to the doctorate is only having to go through the graduate admissions process once. Plus, one might be waived out of having to do required research methods courses twice (once at the MA level and later at the PhD level).
  8. Jodokk

    Jodokk Member

    Masters award

    Some psychology programs award a masters when the Ph.D. student gets to the point that they need it for internships. I know that Fielding does.

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