UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Academic Progress and Time-To-Degree Standards

The UCSB Graduate Council has approved departmental recommended time-to-degree standards for advancement to doctoral candidacy and degree completion to ensure that students make timely progress toward completion of their degree objectives.  (See Time-To-Degree Advancement and Completion Chart.) Graduate Council has set four years as the time limit for completion of master’s degrees at UCSB.

When a student exceeds time standards for completing the master’s degree, advancing to candidacy or completing the doctoral degree, the department will deliver written notification to the student that he or she has exceeded time standards. The departmental faculty graduate advisor and/or the student’s mentor will consult with the student and develop an academic progress plan (to be co-signed by the faculty member and the student). A copy of the notification and academic progress plan will be sent to the Graduate Division. A student will remain on departmental progress monitoring status for the remainder of the academic year or until the student advances or graduates within that academic year.

If the student does not advance to candidacy or graduate after the end of the academic year (or subsequent summer), the student will be placed on formal academic probation by the Graduate Dean. A student will remain on university probationary status for the remainder of the probationary academic year or until the student advances or graduates, if within that academic year.

If a student does not advance or graduate after the end of an academic year on formal university probation, the Graduate Dean will ask the department to recommend and justify (a) continued academic probation (must involve extenuating circumstances) or (b) academic disqualification.

For any of the above timelines, the department has the discretion to ask for probation or academic dismissal under an earlier timeframe.

Note: Additional standards of scholarship are described in the other pages in this section.