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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 3 5
Music DMA 3 & 1Q 5
Music PhD (Musicology or Theory Emphases)
3 6
Music PhD (Composition Emphasis)
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
Chicana and Chicano Studies 3 & 1Q 6
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 2 5
Computer Science 3 6
Electrical and Computer Engineering 4 6
Materials 3 5
Mechanical Engineering 3 5
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: 2
      • Years to Complete: 5

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

    • 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: 5


  • 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)