Master of Arts and Master of Science

Completed by fulfilling departmental and University requirements through either Plan I (Thesis Plan) or Plan II (Comprehensive Examination). The minimum residence requirement is three academic quarters; AT LEAST ONE of which must follow advancement to candidacy. A candidate must be registered in the quarter in which the degree is to be awarded.

Student obtains form and coordinates submission of form with graduate coordinator.

Procedures

  • Must be filed no later than two weeks after the first day of the quarter in which degree requirements are to be completed. Ideally, the student will complete at the time of registration in the last of "core" courses.

  • List only courses required for Master's degree program. A minimum of 36 units is required, but various disciplines require more.

  • Candidates must have a GPA equivalent to 3.0 or above in upper division and graduate course work undertaken, with a total of no more than eight units of "F" and/or "U" grades. Core course requirements and units vary by department, though minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Plan I-Thesis. Credits must be distributed as follows: At least 12 units in graduate courses in the major field, 6 additional units in graduate courses, 12 units in graduate or upper-division courses, and 6 research units leading to a master's thesis. Department or group must nominate a thesis committee of three faculty members at least two from the candidate's major department and obtain appropriate signatures.

  • Master's Thesis Committees

    A Master's Thesis Committee must consist of at least two from the candidate's major department. (Graduate Council, January 4, 1991)

  • Plan II-Comprehensive Examination. Credits must be distributed as follows: At least 14 units in graduate courses in the major field, 10 additional units in graduate courses, and 12 units in graduate or upper-division courses. No credit will be allowed for 299 research courses. Obtain appropriate signatures.

Final Report of the Thesis or Comprehensive Examination (Plan I or II) for the Degree of Master of Arts or Science

Student obtains form from graduate coordinator.

Procedures

  • Must be submitted by the last day of the quarter in which student will receive degree.

  • The form must indicate whether student will "continue" studies at UCSD or "terminate". "Continue" includes study with any department or program, even if different from current Master's program.

  • Plan I student files with thesis upon successful completion of defense. The Final Report must have the original signatures of all members of the thesis committee, department graduate adviser and chair. The $25 Thesis Submission Fee must be paid before the final appointment with OGS and verified by obtaining the cashier’s stamp on the Final Report form. Plan II student file upon passing comprehensive exam (no submission fee is required). All appropriate signatures and dates must be included. Proxy signatures are not acceptable.

Note: Submit Degree and Diploma Application with Final Report.