Can I enroll in a masters degree program via correspondence at another university while simultaneously enrolled as PhD as a regular student from University of Delhi?

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    Could you elaborate as to why you want to do that?
    – TCSGrad
    May 31, 2012 at 12:42
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    In 2 different fields? May 31, 2012 at 13:02
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    Why don't you ask the University of Delhi? They are the only ones who could give you a definitive answer. May 31, 2012 at 13:12
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    Are either funded by anyone, and if so who?
    – StrongBad
    May 31, 2012 at 14:43
  • @shan23 - This would make sense for someone wanting to pursue a PhD in their field of interest in a university while simultaneously pursuing an MBA or other more business-oriented degree elsewhere.
    – eykanal
    May 31, 2012 at 15:43

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The answer to the question as stated is almost certainly "yes". A correspondence degree can be pursued by anyone, regardless of occupation, and your occupation as a PhD student shouldn't affect that. Note that your department may discourage this practice, as you would effectively be holding two full-time jobs (or one full-time and one part-time, depending on how quickly you pursue the correspondence degree).

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    I agree if the two degrees are sufficiently distinct, but the closer they get the more problems there could be. A PhD and an MBA should be OK, as you mention above, sounds plausible. May 31, 2012 at 18:23

I think most departments set the maximum number of hours you can work an outside job. In this case I think pursuing a second degree would count as a job. Funding agencies have even tighter rules. If you are being funded for both degrees, that would also cause major problems. Finally, most advisors would frown upon this.

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