Master's Resouces

MEDICAL AND ACADEMIC LEAVES

In rare instances, graduate students may need to take a leave of absence (LOA) for personal and/or health reasons. If this occurs, please review the LOA guidelines and contact the appropriate department graduate student services staff member for further details.


ADVANCEMENT

Review campus-wide filing deadlines and check with your department for internal deadlines, as several signatures are needed prior to filing paperwork. 

  • Advancement to Candidacy
    • Master's students must advance to candidacy at least one quarter prior to degree completion. For Social Ecology master's programs, advancement typically occurs in the winter quarter of year two.
    • The master's advancement to candidacy form can be found on the Graduate Division website, under Forms & Applications.
      • For master's students who choose the thesis option, a committee of three faculty members must be indicated on the advancement paperwork.
        • The master's thesis committee is comprised of three voting members of the University Academic Senate. 
        • A majority of the committee, but not necessarily all, shall be affiliated with the program.
        • Please see Graduate Division's Policies and Procedures for additional information.

FINAL DEGREE INSTRUCTIONS

Review campus-wide filing deadlines and check with your department for internal deadlines, as several signatures are needed prior to filing paperwork. 

  • Final Degree (Comprehensive Exam)
    • Master's students can petition to graduate after a successful advancement.
    • The Master's Exit Survey must be completed before submitting final degree paperwork. Master's students should pay close attention to program deadlines for providing proof of survey completion. 
    • For Social Ecology master's programs, final degree (comprehensive exam) paperwork is managed by program graduate student services staff, and is typically submitted in the Spring Quarter of year two.
  • Final Degree (Master's Thesis)
    Master's students can petition to graduate after a successful advancement.  For master's students who choose to complete a master's thesis, there are additional steps:
  1. Complete the Master's Thesis Signature Page/Report on Final Examination for the Master's Degree form, found on the Graduate Division website under Forms & Applications, with committee signatures.
  2. Complete the Master's Thesis Submission Checklist (available on the Graduate Division website under Forms & Applications).
    • Review the instructions and upload the thesis to the UCI Libraries.
  3. Complete the Master's Exit Survey before submitting final degree paperwork.
    • Doctoral students pursuing a master's degree in Social Ecology will not be able to complete the Master's Exit Survey. Please consult with program graduate student services staff for more details. 
  4. Compile all materials above and pay the $55 Master's Thesis Submission Fee at the Cashier's Office (228 Aldrich Hall). 
  5. Submit all materials to UCI's Graduate Division (120 Aldrich Hall).