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 advisers to represent the appropriate fraction of a full-time load. However, doctoral students must still 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 Associate Dean of the Graduate School. (See Doctoral Degrees Policies and Procedures, Course of Study.)

Enrollment requirements for achieving residency cannot be reduced for doctoral students, regardless of whether a student will be enrolling part-time after achieving residency. Students should confer with their program to ascertain program policies pertaining to part-time student status. The only part-time doctoral students for which a waiver of the residency requirement can be requested of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School is for full-time UC employees using their tuition remission benefit to complete a doctoral program.