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Students Entering Prior to Fall 2010

Department Normative Time

Prior to Fall 2010, academic departments set normative time standards for doctoral degree completion. This was in addition to campus-wide time-to-degree standards of four years from beginning graduate study at UC Santa Barbara to advance to doctoral candidacy, and seven years total to complete a doctoral degree. Doctoral students entering the University prior to Fall 2010 are still subject to the normative time and time-to-degree standards in place at the time of their admission.

For more information, please refer to Time-to-Degree Standards

Years Doctoral Program
7 Anthropology
7 Art History
6 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
5 Chemical Engineering
5 Chemistry
6 Chicano Studies
7 Classics
5 Communication
6-7** Comparative Literature
5 Computer Science
6 Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
6-7** East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
6 Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
5 Economics
6 Education
4.5 Educational Leadership Joint Program
5 Electrical & Computer Engineering
6-7** English
6-7** Environmental Science & Management
6 Film and Media Studies
5-6** Feminist Studies
6-7** French
5-6** Geography
5.5 Geological Sciences
6-7** Germanic Languages & Literatures
6 Hispanic Languages & Literatures
7 History
7 Linguistics
6 Marine Science
5 Materials
5-6** Mathematics
5 Mechanical Engineering
5 Media Arts and Technology
5.5 Molecular, Cellular,& Developmental Biology
6 Music
6 Philosophy
6 Physics
7 Political Science
6 Psychology
6-7* Religious Studies
6 Sociology
5 Speech and Hearing Sciences
5 Statistics & Applied Probability
5-6** Theater Studies
  • Anthropology
    • 7 Years

  • Art History
    • 7 Years

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • 6 Years

  • Chemical Engineering
    • 5 Years

  • Chemistry
    • 5 Years

  • Chicano Studies
    • 6 Years

  • Classics
    • 7 Years

  • Communication
    • 5 Years

  • Comparative Literature
    • 6-7** Years

  • Computer Science
    • 5 Years

  • Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
    • 6 Years

  • East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
    • 6-7** Years

  • Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
    • 6 Years

  • Economics
    • 5 Years

  • Education
    • 6 Years

  • Educational Leadership Joint Program
    • 4.5 Years

  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • 5 Years

  • English
    • 6-7** Years

  • Environmental Science & Management
    • 6-7** Years

  • Film and Media Studies
    • 6 Years

  • Feminist Studies
    • 5-6** Years

  • French
    • 6-7** Years

  • Geography
    • 5-6** Years

  • Geological Sciences
    • 5.5 Years

  • Germanic Languages & Literatures
    • 6-7** Years

  • Hispanic Languages & Literatures
    • 6 Years

  • History
    • 7 Years

  • Linguistics
    • 7 Years

  • Marine Science
    • 6 Years

  • Materials
    • 5 Years

  • Mathematics
    • 5-6** Years

  • Mechanical Engineering
    • 5 Years

  • Media Arts and Technology
    • 5 Years

  • Molecular, Cellular,& Developmental Biology
    • 5.5 Years

  • Music
    • 6 Years

  • Philosophy
    • 6 Years

  • Physics
    • 6 Years

  • Political Science
    • 6 Years

  • Psychology
    • 6 Years

  • Religious Studies
    • 6-7* Years

  • Sociology
    • 6 Years

  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
    • 5 Years

  • Statistics & Applied Probability
    • 5 Years

  • Theater Studies
    • 5-6** Years

* Dependent on additional language requirements

** Dependent on whether the student entered with or without a master's degree