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GR1 General Provisions

GR1.1 Preparation for Higher Degrees and Certificates. A prospective candidate for any higher degree or certificate must hold a Bachelor's Degree from one of the colleges or schools of the University or from another recognized institution, based upon a curriculum that includes adequate preparation for advanced study in his/her major field. If a prospective candidate's undergraduate program is found to be deficient in any serious respect in its breadth of fundamental training or as a foundation for the work proposed, he/she will be required to make up the deficiencies.

GR1.2 Standards of Scholarship and Disqualification. Every graduate student is expected to prove himself/herself worthy of the privilege of advanced study. He/she is required to maintain the standard of scholarship established by the Graduate Council in his program of study and is subject to dismissal (1) if his/her overall grade point average falls below the required level at any time or (2) if his/her work in two consecutive terms falls below that level. After consultation with the appropriate department or graduate group, the Dean of the Graduate Division will notify students who become subject to dismissal of action taken.

GR1.3 Departmental or Graduate Group Rules and Requirements for Higher Degrees and Certificates. Subject to such provisions as appear elsewhere in these and University regulations, each department or graduate group may adopt additional rules and requirements for higher degrees and certificates; such additional rules and requirements are subject to review by and the advice of the Graduate Council.

GR1.4 Credit by Examination

GR1.4.1 A student who wishes to have the privilege of examination for degree credit must be in residence and not on academic probation.

GR1.4.2 A student may take examinations for credit toward the Master's Degree in any University course for which he would get credit by taking the course by normal attendance, except that he may not secure credit by examination in graduate seminar and research courses.

GR1.4.3 Petition for credit by examination (available in the office of the registrar) should be approved in advance of the undertaking of the work. The approval of the departmental graduate adviser, the Dean of the Graduate Division, and the instructor who is appointed to give the examination, are necessary before the examination may be given.

GR1.4.4 The credit earned by examination may be applied toward the unit requirement for the Master's Degree but cannot be used to reduce the minimum residence requirement.

GR1.5 Study List Regulations (En 24 Nov 70)

GR1.5.1 A study list is a student's choice of courses to be pursued in any quarter.

GR1.5.2 At the beginning of each quarter every student is required to file with the Graduate Division his/her detailed study list bearing the approval of the graduate adviser.

GR1.5.3 A student is expected to make normal progress toward his/her credential or Degree objective. The maximum number of quarters in which students may be considered to be full-time is: 8 quarters for elementary and secondary credential students, 10 for special credential students, 7 for Master's students, 9 for M.F.A. students, and 20 for Ph.D. students.

GR1.5.4 After the study list is filed, a student may request changes in courses by formal petition.

GR1.5.5 A change in the study list must be approved by the graduate adviser and, in the case of a course to be added or dropped, by the instructor concerned.

GR1.5.6 Courses may be added to the study list until the end of the third week of instruction. No course may be added after that time without approval of the Graduate Dean.

GR1.5.7 Courses may be dropped at any time prior to the end of the fifth week of instruction. If the adviser or instructor withholds approval of a petition to drop a course, the student may appeal to the Graduate Dean.

GR1.5.8 With approval of the Graduate Dean, students may withdraw from the University at any time prior to the end of instruction.

GR1.5.9 Any changes in a student's study list not covered by the above regulations must have the approval of the Graduate Dean.

GR1.5.10 In order to take a course in Directed Studies (290), a student must complete a petition stating the content of the course, the number of units, and the reason he/she needs to take such a course. The petition must have the written approval of the instructor and of the department Chair or graduate adviser, and it must then be filed with the office of the Dean of the Graduate Division. (En 7 Apr 72)

GR1.6 Professional Development Requirement for Graduate Students (En 29 Nov. 2011)

GR1.6 In addition to the specific degree requirements listed below, professional development training is a requirement of for the M.A., M.S., M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Each degree program determines the format, content, and extent of its training. A program may provide all of its training independently, or it may partner with other programs or utilize services provided by other campus units or professional organizations. Training must be for unit credit and may be delivered as a single course or as portions of multiple courses. (En 29 Nov. 2011)


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