UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Academic Eligibility for Graduate Students

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Academic standards for graduate students at UCSB are determined by the Graduate Council and by individual academic departments. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (B) to remain in good standing in the Graduate Division at UCSB and to be awarded a graduate degree. (Note that some departments set a standard higher than 3.0.) Students must also complete university and departmental requirements in a timely manner to remain in good standing. Students with lower grade-point averages are subject to dismissal. On the academic department’s recommendation, the Graduate Dean either places such students on academic probation or dismisses them from graduate status. Graduate students carrying more than 12 units of Incompletes, No Record, and/or No Grades may be placed on academic probation and become subject to dismissal. For information concerning academic standards for graduate students, consult the chapter “Graduate Education at UCSB” or the Graduate Division Web site at www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/academic.

In addition to the basic standards of scholarship detailed above, doctoral students who cannot develop a satisfactory dissertation research proposal or form a faculty committee of three members to supervise the dissertation research are subject to dismissal from graduate standing for failure to make satisfactory progress toward the degree. Students admitted Fall 2010 or later will follow their departmental time-to-degree standards approved by Graduate Council. Students admitted prior to Fall 2010 are given four years to complete a Master's degree, four years from the beginning of graduate study to advance to doctoral candidacy, and seven years total to complete a doctoral degree. Students must make timely progress toward degree completion to avoid becoming subject to academic probation and possible dismissal.