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Section 2: Requirements for the Master's Degree (Reg. 300-330)

300. General Provisions

  1. Time Limits

    Except as authorized by the Graduate Council, each candidate for a master's degree must satisfy all requirements for the degree within four years after admission to the master's program. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  2. Advancement to Candidacy

    1. A master's committee must be established prior to advancement to candidacy. For Plan I: Thesis, the master's committee is nominated by the department and appointed by, and responsible to, the Dean of the Graduate Division under policies established by the Graduate Council. This committee consists of at least three UC Academic Senate members with a tenure-track faculty member from the student’s major department serving as chair or co-chair. At least two members of every thesis committee must be tenure-track faculty. The majority of the members shall be from the student's UCSB major department. Recommendation of the appointment of additional members to the master’s committee is at the discretion of the department. These nominations must be approved by the Graduate Council Chair, who is authorized to grant exceptions to these policies when requested in writing by the departmental chair. For Plan II: Comprehensive Examination, the department appoints a master’s committee consisting of at least three faculty members, as described above for Plan I. For Plan II: Project, the department appoints a committee consisting of at least two UC Academic Senate members, with a tenure-track faculty member from the student’s UCSB major department serving as chair or co-chair. The duties of the master's committee include certifying that the candidate has fulfilled the requirements for the degree. (Am 23 Oct 86; Am 7 Nov 96; Am 4 Mar 99; Am 8 May 14; Am 7 Jun 18)
    2. At the beginning of the term in which a student is expected to complete the course requirements for the master's degree, the department must file with the Dean of the Graduate Division certification of the student's completion of requirements with the request for advancement to candidacy. Candidacy is approved by the Graduate Council. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  3. Foreign Language Requirements

    Subject to the approval of the Graduate Council each department may determine any foreign language requirement to be satisfied for the award of its master's degree(s). (Am 7 Nov 96)
  4. Scholarship Requirements

    Only courses in which a grade of A, B, C, or S was earned may be used to satisfy requirements for the master's degree. The minimum grade-point average required for the award of a master's degree is 3.0 in all graduate and upper division courses completed in graduate standing on any campus of the University. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  5. Residence Requirements

    Except for students subject to 310(C), the minimum residence requirement for a master's degree is three quarters during which the student must be enrolled in a program of courses, research, or study, the unit value of which satisfies the requirements of the Divisional Regulation 275(C). Two six-week summer sessions may be substituted for one of the required quarters. (Am 7 Nov 96)

305. Requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 through 300 shall apply. Each department shall determine which of the two plans described below is to be required of each candidate for any master's degree it offers. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  2. Plan I: Thesis.

    Under this plan:
    1. At least 30 units of upper-division and graduate courses must be completed, including no fewer than 20 units in graduate courses in the major subject or in graduate courses related to that subject as approved by the departmental graduate advisor.
    2. A thesis is required, which must be approved by each member of the master's committee.
    3. The major department may require any examination deemed necessary to test the student's command of the field. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  3. Plan II: Comprehensive Examination or Project.

    Under this plan:
    1. At least 36 units of upper-division and graduate courses are required, including no fewer than 24 units in graduate courses in the major subject or in graduate courses related to that subject as approved by the departmental graduate advisor.
    2. The student must satisfactorily complete one of the following options:
      1. A comprehensive final examination set by the major department and administered by the master's committee. (Am 7 Nov 96)
      2. A project under the supervision of at least one ladder faculty member. Completion requires approval by the project committee. (Am 2 May 02; Am 7 Jun 18)
  4. Courses in Related Fields

    Subject to the fulfillment of course requirements of the major department, the student may elect upper-division or graduate courses in fields significantly related to the major subject.

310. Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 through 300 (E) shall apply.
  2. A minimum of 72 quarter units is required, 40 of which must be graduate studio courses and 12 of which must be upper division or graduate art history courses. (Am 12 Apr 73)
  3. The minimum residence requirement is six quarters. (Am 12 Apr 73)
  4. Completion of a project comprising a group of related works in the student's field of specialization and a paper justifying the selection and execution of his or her project in relation to its historical and philosophical background, both acceptable to the master's committee. (Am 7 Nov 96)

315. Requirements for the Master of Environmental Science and Management (M.E.S.M.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 through 300 shall apply.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 72 quarter units of course work approved by the faculty of the School of Environmental Science and Management.
  3. Completion of a project report acceptable to the student's master's committee. (Am 7 Nov 96)

320. Requirements for the Master of Music Degree (M.M.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 through 300 shall apply.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 72 quarter units of course work approved by the faculty of the Department of Music.
  3. Completion of two major performances acceptable to the student's master's committee. (Am 1 Jun 95; Am 7 Nov 96)

325. Requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 through 300 shall apply.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 36 upper division and graduate level course work of which a minimum of 24 units must be at the graduate level.
  3. Completion of a comprehensive examination, or project acceptable to the student's master's committee. (Am 7 Nov 96; Conf Am 10 Mar 00)

330. Requirements for the Master of Technology Management (M.T.M.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 through 300 shall apply.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 42 quarter units of course work approved by the faculty of the Technology Management Program.
  3. Completion of an integrative capstone project acceptable to the student’s master’s committee.