Academic Services

Doctoral Students: Start date Fall 2010 or later 

Doctoral students admitted Fall 2010 or later follow their departmental time-to-degree standards as approved by the Graduate Council.

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

Doctoral Program
Years to Advance
Years to Complete
Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Letters and Science

Classics
5
7
Comparative Literature
4
7
East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
3
6
English
4
7
Film and Media Studies
4
6
Hispanic Languages and Literatures
4
6
History
5
8
History of Art and Architecture
5
8
Linguistics
4
7
Media Arts and Technology
4

7

Music DMA
3 & 1Q
5
Music PhD (Musicology or Theory Emphases)

3
6
Music PhD (Composition Emphasis)

2
5

Music PhD (Composition Emphasis)
*for students who entered the program prior to Fall 2020 only

3

6
Music PhD (Ethnomusicology Emphasis)

5
8
Philosophy
3 & 1Q
6
Religious Studies Track 1
4
7
Religious Studies Track 2
5
8
Theater/Dance
4
7
Math, Life, and Physical Sciences, College of Letters and Science

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

2
6
Chemistry
2
5
Dynamical Neuroscience
3
5
Earth Science
3
5
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
3
6
Geography
4
6
Marine Science
3
6
Mathematics
4
6
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
3
6
Physics
3
6
Psychological & Brain Sciences

3
6
Statistics and Applied Probability
3
5
Social Sciences, College of Letters and Science

Anthropology
5
8
Chicanx Studies
4
7
Communication
4
5
Economics
3 & 1Q
6

Feminist Studies
4
7
Global Studies

4
6

Political Science
4
7
Sociology
4
7
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering
3

6

Computer Science
3
6

Electrical and Computer Engineering
4
6
Materials
3
5
Mechanical Engineering
3
6

Technology Management

3
5
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
4
6
Education
4
6
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Environmental Science and Management

4
6
Environmental Science and Management
(Students with start quarter of Fall 2015 or later only)
3
5
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
    • Classics
      • Years to Advance: 5
      • Years to Complete: 7

    • Comparative Literature
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 7

    • East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • English
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 7

    • Film and Media Studies
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Hispanic Languages and Literatures
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • History
      • Years to Advance: 5
      • Years to Complete: 8

    • History of Art and Architecture
      • Years to Advance: 5
      • Years to Complete: 8

    • Linguistics
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 7

    • Media Arts and Technology
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 5


  • Music
    • DMA
      • Years to Advance: 3 & 1Q
      • Years to Complete: 5

    • PhD Musicology/Theory
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • PhD Composition
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • PhD Ethnomusicology
      • Years to Advance: 5
      • Years to Complete: 8

    • Philosophy
      • Years to Advance: 3 & 1Q
      • Years to Complete: 6


  • Religious Studies
    • Track 1
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 7

    • Track 2
      • Years to Advance: 5
      • Years to Complete: 8

    • Theater/Dance
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6


  • Math, Life, and Physical Sciences
    • Biomolecular Science and Engineering
      • Years to Advance: 2
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Chemistry
      • Years to Advance: 2
      • Years to Complete: 5

    • Dynamical Neuroscience
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 5

    • Earth Science
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 5

    • Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Geography
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Marine Science
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Mathematics
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Physics
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Psychology
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Statistics and Applied Probability
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 5


  • Social Sciences
    • Anthropology
      • Years to Advance: 5
      • Years to Complete: 8

    • Chicana and Chicano Studies
      • Years to Advance: 3 & 1Q
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Communication
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 5

    • Economics
      • Years to Advance: 2 & 1Q
      • Years to Complete: 5

    • Feminist Studies
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 7

    • Political Science
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 7

    • Sociology
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 7


  • Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Computer Science
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Materials
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 5

    • Mechanical Engineering
      • Years to Advance: 3
      • Years to Complete: 6


  • Gevirtz School
    • Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 6

    • Education
      • Years to Advance: 4
      • Years to Complete: 6


  • Bren School
    • Environmental Science and Management
      • Years to Advance: 4 (3 for students with a start quarter of Fall 2015 or later)
      • Years to Complete: 6 (5 for students with a start quarter of Fall 2015 or later)