Time to Degree

Master’s Degree

  • The minimum requirement for the master’s degree is the equivalent of one academic year of full-time graduate study, consisting of at least 30 graduate credits completed to the satisfaction of the student’s program.
  • All master’s requirements must be completed no later than five academic years from the date of matriculation into the degree program for students beginning their program autumn 2007 or thereafter.
  • All master’s requirements must be completed no later than seven academic years from the date of matriculation for students beginning their programs prior to autumn, 2007. (See Master’s Degrees Policies and Procedures, Course of Study.)

Doctoral Degree

  • The doctoral degree will be granted for no less than the equivalent of three years of full-time graduate study.
  • All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within nine consecutive academic years of the date of matriculation into the program.
  • A doctoral student must be enrolled for at least 10 graduate credits in his/her program in each of two semesters (including summer semester) during a span of three consecutive semesters. (This is a Board of Trustees residency requirement.) 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 Director of the Graduate School. (See Doctoral Degrees Policies and Procedures, Course of Study.)