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Section 7: Posthumous Degrees (Reg 600)

600. Posthumous Graduate Degrees (En 28 Jan 2016)

  1. Posthumous Doctoral Degree

    A posthumous Doctoral degree may be awarded if a student, at the time of death, had completed all of the following:

    1. had advanced to candidacy;
    2. had completed at least 6 quarters in residence at UCSB;
    3. had attained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher; and
    4. had completed a draft of the dissertation or conducted sufficient research, supported by verifiable evidence, to give reasonable expectation that s/he would have successfully completed the degree.

    The dissertation committee, in conjunction with the program’s director of graduate studies, must verify the student’s progress toward degree completion.

  2. Posthumous Master’s Degree

    A posthumous Master’s Degree may be awarded if a student, at the time of death, had completed all of the following:

    1. had completed at least 3 quarters in residence at UCSB;
    2. had attained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher;
    3. had completed sufficient course work and participated in research or other creative endeavors related to the discipline; and
    4. the faculty of the department present evidence and agree that the student has completed sufficient work to be awarded a master’s degree.

    The master’s committee, in conjunction with the program’s director of graduate studies, must verify the student’s progress toward degree completion.

  3. Certificate of Progress

    If at the time of death, the conditions for award of a posthumous Doctoral or Master’s degree are not satisfied, a certificate indicating progress toward the degree may be awarded if the student:

    1. was enrolled for at least one complete quarter of work; and
    2. had attained a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher.