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Section 4: Requirements for Doctoral Degrees (Reg 350-360)

350. General Provisions

  1. Time Limits

    1. Advancement to Candidacy Students are required to advance to doctoral candidacy within the department-proposed, Graduate Council approved number of calendar years from the time of admission to graduate standing, as specified in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook. (Am 7 Nov 96; Am 24 Jan 02; Am 13 May 10)
    2. Degree Completion Each student in a doctoral program must satisfy all requirements for the degree within the department-proposed, Graduate Council approved number of calendar years after admission to graduate standing, as specified in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook. (Am 7 Nov 96; Am 24 Jan 02; Am 13 May 10)
  2. Residence Requirements

    The minimum Residence Requirement for any doctoral degree is two years. Students in doctoral programs will spend at least six quarters in residence on the Santa Barbara campus pursuing a program of full-time study and research; three consecutive quarters of this residence must be completed in regular session before advancement to candidacy. (Am 4 Dec 69; Am 7 Nov 96)
  3. Foreign Language Requirements

    Subject to the approval of the Graduate Council, each department may set its own foreign language requirement for its degree. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  4. Doctoral Committee, Qualifying Examinations, and Advancement to Candidacy

    To be advanced to candidacy for a doctoral degree a student must:
    1. at the time of initial application have completed satisfactorily all preliminary requirements established by the major department and by the Graduate Council, including maintenance of a grade-point average not lower than 3.0 in all upper-division and graduate courses completed since admission to the Graduate Division. (Am 7 Nov 96)
    2. have passed such written examinations as required by the department and an oral qualifying examination conducted by a doctoral committee 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 doctoral 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 doctoral 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.(Am 11 June 70; 23 Oct 86; Am 7 Nov 96; Am 4 Mar 99; Am 8 May 14)
    3. formally request to be advanced to candidacy after successful completion of all qualifying examinations, as certified to the Graduate Council by the Dean of the Graduate Division. Advancement to candidacy is granted by the Graduate Council. (Am 7 Nov 96)

355. Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 - 280, and 350 shall apply;
  2. Dissertation

    Each candidate for the Ph.D. degree must present a dissertation demonstrating the ability to contribute significantly and independently to the major field. The candidate's doctoral committee guides the student in this work and judges the merit of the completed dissertation. Approval of this dissertation by each member of the doctoral committee is required for the degree. (Am 7 Nov 96)
  3. Dissertation Defense

    Each department shall determine whether a public defense of the dissertation will be required of its Ph.D. candidates. If such a defense is required, it may be waived only with the unanimous consent of the candidate's doctoral committee and the approval of the Graduate Council. If a defense is optional, it may be waived with the unanimous consent of the doctoral committee and the approval of the department chair. (Am 7 Nov 96)

360. Requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

  1. The provisions of Divisional Regulations 250 - 280, and 350 shall apply.
  2. Completion of two full length recitals, a major performance, and a written document that demonstrates evidence of scholarly research, all judged satisfactory by the doctoral committee. The document is filed according to Graduate Council-approved policy. (Am 1 Jun 95; Am 7 Nov 96)