Part-Time Course Load

Students who can devote less than full time to graduate study may register for the number of graduate credits judged by their program advisors to represent the appropriate fraction of a full-time load. However, doctoral students must satisfy the Board of Trustees residency requirement, which requires that they have one year of full-time study, which is defined as being enrolled for at least 10 graduate credits in their program in each of two semesters (including summer semester) during a span of three consecutive semesters. Full-time UC employees using their tuition remission benefit to complete a part-time doctoral program may request a waiver of this requirement from the Associate Dean of the Graduate College. (See Doctoral Degrees Policies and Procedures.)