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Section 1: General Provisions (Regs. 250-280)

250. Implementation of Graduate Regulations

  1. Consonant with the Code of the Academic Senate, and subject to review by the Santa Barbara Division and by the Senate Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs, the Graduate Council is directed to implement the regulations governing graduate study, higher degrees, and teaching credentials. To this end, it may delegate portions of its authority to its committees or executive officers.
  2. With the advice and consent of the Graduate Council, each department may adopt rules and requirements in addition to the University minimum for graduate degrees. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  3. In individual instances, the Graduate Council may recommend to the Santa Barbara Division of the Senate the award of degrees or certificates under suspension of the regulations. [Divisional Bylaw 110(B)(5)] (Am 7 Nov 96)
  4. Annually, the Graduate Council shall report to the Santa Barbara Division concerning its exercise of the responsibilities set forth above.

255. Formal Procedures for Higher Degrees

To earn a higher degree from the Santa Barbara Division a student must:

  1. be admitted to the Graduate Division,
  2. at the appropriate stage in his or her graduate study, formally apply for and be officially advanced to candidacy,
  3. successfully undertake all comprehensive and qualifying examinations and other requirements designed to test command of the subject and ability to contribute to its advancement, and
  4. be formally recommended for the degree. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  5. be in compliance with the UCSB Student Code of Conduct. (Am 9 Jan 20)

260. Admission to Graduate Status

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree, or equivalent, from a reputable institution authorized by law to confer the degree, and maintaining standards for the degree accepted by the Graduate Council concerned as equivalent to that of the University of California, may be admitted as graduate students, provided that the official credentials presented show that the scholarship requirements imposed by the Council of the Graduate Division concerned are satisfied. Applicants whose purpose is to become candidates for a second Bachelor's degree will, however, not be admitted as graduate students.

Eligibility for admission to the Graduate Division is determined by the promise of success in graduate study, based on a number of indicators including the previous college record in one or more institutions whose standards are equivalent to those of the University of California, letters of recommendation, and in many departments the results of the Graduate Record Examination. (Am 7 Nov 96)

265. Preparation Required for Graduate Students

No graduate student may be advanced to candidacy for a higher degree, be awarded a certificate, or be recommended for a teaching credential until all existing deficiencies in preparation have been removed. (Am 7 Nov 96)

270. Scholarship Requirements for Graduate Students

  1. Each graduate student must maintain the standards of scholarship established for his or her classification by the Graduate Council.
  2. A Graduate student whose scholarship or whose progress toward the degree is unsatisfactory is subject to dismissal by the Dean of the Graduate Division in consultation with the department concerned. Disqualification is at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate Division. (Am 7 Nov 96)

275. Minimum Program and Residence

  1. To maintain graduate standing when not officially on leave of absence, a student not a candidate for a degree must be registered and enrolled in at least one regularly authorized course in each regular term.
  2. Graduate students validate residence through programs of instruction, research, or study approved by the Graduate Council. [See also Senate Regulation 684 and Divisional Regulation 300 (E)].
  3. To establish residence a graduate student must be registered and enrolled in courses of instruction, research, or study totaling or equivalent to at least four units of upper-division or graduate work during a regular term, or two units of such work in a summer session. In doctoral programs, however, no period of attendance of less than one quarter, except two consecutive six week Summer Sessions in the same summer, can be used to establish residence. (Am 7 Nov 96)

280. Graduate Study-List Requirements

  1. (Senate Regulation 698) All courses taken by graduate students shall be reported to the Registrar for record. In case of definite courses of study the report shall state the name of the officer of instruction giving the course, its credit value in units, and the fact of its completion or non-completion. No unrecorded work shall be considered as work leading to a degree.
  2. In each regular term or summer session the study plan of each student admitted to the Graduate Division (Santa Barbara) must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division, or his or her deputy.
  3. Except as authorized by the Graduate Council, no graduate student may earn credit for courses in his or her major in any regular term in excess of 12 units of strictly graduate work, or 16 units of upper-division work, or in excess of a proportionate combination of such courses which preserve these maxima.
  4. (Senate Regulation 702) Credit in summer session will be limited in proportion to the above on the basis of the length of the summer session relative to a regular academic term. (Am 7 Nov 96)

285. Grading

  1. The appropriate provisions of Divisional Regulations 20, 30, 50, and 55 shall apply in all graduate grading matters.
  2. Graduate students taking a lower division course may be graded "Passed" or "Not Passed." (Am 7 Nov 96)