For Graduate Students

New Program Transfer information for Masters students interested in switching to part-time for their respective program.

For Undergraduate Students

Students wishing to change their major are encouraged to speak to their academic advisors before submitting an application. To apply for a change of major, the following steps must be completed:

  1. Submit a Request for Change of Major through the Student Record System portal. The Office of Admissions will print an unofficial grade report to include with the Change of Major Application.
  2. Request a meeting with your Student Success Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor.
    • Applicants who are a recipient of federal financial aid could potentially lose some or all of their financial aid eligibility by changing majors. Students considering a change of major must meet with the Office of Financial Aid.
    • Students considering a change of major must meet with their Student Success Advisor to determine what changes need to be made to their schedules or recommended course sequences.
  3. Submit a Change of Major Statement addressing the following topics:
    • Discuss reasons for requesting a change of major, and explain how these reasons relate to your future goals (personal, educational, and professional).
    • Describe how a change of major will affect your academic plan from this point forward, and include any steps you will take to ensure a smooth transition.
  4. Submit any additional materials required for the degree program to which you would like to change. Please see the table below for a list of additional materials required by each program.

Current Program

Desired Program

Additional Materials Required

BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation,
BS in Computer Engineering, or
BS in Engineering and Sound Design, or BS in Computer Science and Game Design, or BS in Computer Science

BS in Computer Engineering,
BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, or
BS in Engineering and Sound Design, or BS in Computer Science and Game Design, or, BS in Computer Science, or BA in Game Design

No additional materials required

Any

BFA in Digital Art and Animation

Art Portfolio

Any

BA in Music and Sound Design

Performance Portfolio

BA in Game Design, BA in Music and Sound Design or
BFA in Digital Art and Animation

BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation,
BS in Computer Engineering,
BS in Engineering and Sound Design, or
BS in Computer Science and Game Design, or BS in Computer Science

Transcripts must show a "B" average in math classes including precalculus

BFA in Digital Art and Animation or BA in Music and Sound Design

BA in Game Design

No additional materials required

Once meetings are completed and all relevant materials have been received, the application will be sent to evaluation. The student will be contacted by the Program Director for a meeting regarding the change of major request. Once the decision is finalized, a decision will be sent via email. Students approved for a change of major will be emailed an Enrollment Agreement corresponding to their new program. The student must either sign this agreement electronically through DocuSign, or print, sign, and return it to the Office of Admissions before the change can take effect.

Important Information Regarding Change of Major Requests

Changes of major will only take effect on the first day of the next semester. To be considered, requests must be submitted at least fifteen working days before the end of the current semester; requests submitted after the deadline may be considered for the semester following the next semester or canceled. Specific deadlines for submitting a Request for Change of Major form are listed on the Academic Calendar.

Change of Major Deadlines

  • November 23, 2016: Last day to apply for change of major for Spring 2017
  • April 9, 2017: Last day to apply for change of major for Summer 2017
  • July 9, 2016: Last day to apply for change of major for Fall 2017
  • Students requesting a change of major should remember to consider add/drop deadlines. Requesting a change of major does not exempt students from the add/drop policies at DigiPen.
  • Students may register for courses in any major prior to the deadline for adding a course but it is recommended that they speak with their Student Success Advisor and Program Director if they have not yet had their request for change of major approved.
  • Students considering a change of major should speak to the degree program faculty if they have specific questions about the differences between programs. Any questions about the status of a request for change of major or about this process should be directed to the Office of Admissions or to the Office of Student Affairs.

Program Transfer

When a matriculated full-time Master of Science in Computer Science or Master of Fine Arts in Digital Art student is employed full time, or when he or she cannot maintain the full-time student status for two consecutive semesters (summer semesters are not included), he or she should transfer from the full-time program to the part-time program. All graduate-level credits earned in the full-time program can be transferred to the part-time program. The student must fill out a Program Transfer request form and obtain approval from the academic adviser and submit the completed form to the Office of Admissions to transfer from the full-time to the part-time program. Once granted, he or she will be automatically switched to the part-time program.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.