PhD Programs Without the Master's


There are numerous U.S. universities that offer doctoral programs to exceptional students that do not possess a master’s degree. A good number of universities will award master’s degrees while a student is in a post-bachelor’s degree to doctorate degree program, after the required amount of coursework has been completed. Some programs have stipulations. For example, the University of South Florida College of Nursing requires its students be licensed registered nurses and pass an interview.

University of Texas at Austin: Cockrell School of Engineering

  • The Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas has a Bachelor of Science to Ph.D. degree program in petroleum engineering. There are 12 courses equaling three hours each that are required for this program, nine of which must be taken from the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering as graduate courses. Students are required to pass the Graduate Record Examinations prior to admittance, a written examination after completing one semester of the Ph.D. program and pass an oral examination after passing the written. After three years in the program, and prior to completing the Ph.D., students qualify to receive a non-thesis Master of Science degree.

    University of Texas at Austin
    Cockrell School of Engineering
    1 University Station CO304
    Austin, TX 78712

University of South Florida College of Nursing

  • The University of South Florida College of Nursing, located in Tampa, Florida, has a Bachelor of Science to Ph.D. degree program in nursing. The program requires that the student have a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college, pass an admissions interview, and pass the Graduate Record Examinations prior to admittance. Students must also be a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Florida, submit a letter of intent with the application, and have a bachelor’s level cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The USF College of Nursing only accepts students to the B.S. to Ph.D. program for the fall semester each year.

    USF Health College of Nursing
    12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33612

Purdue University: School of Nuclear Engineering

  • Purdue University’s School of Nuclear Engineering is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, and has a B.S. to Ph.D. program called the direct Ph.D. program. Students must pass an examination to qualify for the program, and an interview. Entrance into the program is based on the student’s academic records and the advisor’s recommendations. Engineering students may receive a non-thesis Master of Science degree after submitting a letter of intent prior to the Ph.D. preliminary examination. Preliminary examinations are normally taken in the last two semesters of the program.

    Purdue University
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    400 Central Drive
    West Lafayette, IN 47907


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