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Degree Conferral and Residency Requirement for Coterms

Degree Conferral

  • Coterminal students must apply to graduate separately in both the undergraduate and graduate career.

  • The master’s degree may be conferred simultaneously with, or after, the bachelor’s degree.

  • All requirements for a master’s degree must be completed within three years after the first graduate quarter (please see the Bulletin for more information). An extension requires review of academic performance by the department or program, and is within the discretion of the program. See policies in the "Master’s Degrees" section of the Bulletin for more information.

  • Coterminal students must have the bachelor’s degree conferred before adding a second advanced degree program.

  • Courses may not be transferred between undergraduate and graduate careers once the undergraduate degree is conferred.

Residency Requirement

  • The university minimum requirements for the coterminal bachelor’s/master’s program are 180 units for the bachelor’s degree plus 45 (or higher departmental requirement, as determined by each graduate department) unduplicated units for the master’s degree.

  • The requirements for the coterminal program with dual undergraduate degrees are 225 units for the two bachelor’s degrees, and 45 units for the master’s degree.

  • For the 45-unit university minimum for the master’s degree, all courses must be at or above the 100 level and 50 percent must be courses designated primarily for graduate students (typically at least at the 200 level).Department requirements may be higher.

  • Units for a given course may not be counted to meet the requirements of more than one degree, that is, no units may be double-counted.

  • Unless a master’s degree program specifies otherwise in the Bulletin, courses taken three quarters prior to the first graduate quarter, or later, are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career.