Change of Program and Change of Degree Level

If you change your program/major or degree level, you will need a new I-20/DS-2019 from the Center to reflect the change. Please follow the instructions below on how to get a new I-20/DS-2019 depending on your situation.
 

Additional Information

Change of Program/Major Procedure: Undergradaute Students +

If you change your major, your SEVIS record will be automatically updated to reflect the new major once the changes has been made in the university database. However, you will not be issued a new I-20. If you need a new I-20 with your major on it, please contact the Center’s SEVIS Compliance Administrator or your International Student Adviser to discuss your case.

Change of Program/Major Procedure: Graduate Students +

To change your program of study, you must speak with the Graduate School or with your department/school if you are not affiliated with the Graduate School–New Brunswick to determine if you need to apply through Graduate and Professional Admissions or if you can be admitted to a new program through an internal University process. If you are not required to go through the admission process, you must do the following to update your I-20 or DS-2019:

  1. Obtain and complete the appropriate change/transfer of the program form from your department/school. If you are affiliated with the Graduate School–New Brunswick, the form can be found here. The change of program form must be completed by your current and prospective program director before submission to your international student adviser.
  2. Obtain the center’s General Academic Information Form and have it completed by your prospective program director.
  3. Provide forms from steps 1 and 2 along with appropriate Certification of Funds to your international student adviser.
  4. Your international student adviser will sign the Change of Program form from the Graduate School–New Brunswick if your request is approved and will forward it to the appropriate school for processing. Once the school/department has made the appropriate changes in the university database, the form will be returned to your international student adviser.
  5. If all your paperwork is in order, your international student adviser will issue you a new I-20 reflecting your new educational objective.

Change of Degree Level Procedure: Undergraduate Students +

If you are currently an undergraduate student but have been admitted to a graduate program at Rutgers–New Brunswick, you will receive your new I-20 after you have submitted Certificate of Funds and International Student Adviser's Report from the Graduate and Professional Admissions (and completed by the Center for Global Services).

Change of Degree Level Procedure: Graduate Students +

To change your level of study (master’s to Ph.D. or Ph.D. to master’s), you must speak with the Graduate School–New Brunswick—or with your department/school if you are not affiliated with the Graduate School–New Brunswick—to determine if you need to go through Graduate and Professional Admissions, or if you can be admitted to a new degree level through an internal university process. If you are not required to go through the admission process, you must do the following to update your I-20 or DS-2019:

  1. Obtain and complete the appropriate change of degree level form from your department/school. If you are affiliated with the Graduate School–New Brunswick, the form can be found here. This change of degree level form must be completed by your current and prospective program director before submission to your international student adviser.
  2. Obtain the center’s General Academic Information Form and have it completed by your prospective program director.
  3. Provide forms from steps 1 and 2 along with appropriate Certification of Funds to your international student adviser.
  4. Your international student adviser will sign the Change of Degree Level form from the Graduate School–New Brunswick—or your department or school if you are not affiliated with the Graduate School–New Brunswick—if your request is approved and will forward it to the appropriate school for processing. Once the school/department has made the changes in the university database, the form will be returned to your international student adviser.
  5. If all your paperwork is in order, your international student adviser will issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019 reflecting your new educational objective.