COMPLETING YOUR DOCTORAL DEGREE
More information regarding the filing of your dissertation and completing your degree is available online at
http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/academic/filingprocess/filingdissertation.htm (including a dissertation
template in Word format with sample preliminary pages, body text, figures, references, and appendix)
University Requirements for All Graduate Degrees
• All degree candidates must be in a fee relationship with the University either by being registered the
quarter they file OR by paying the filing fee — currently $144.00 (fees are subject to change
without notice by the UC Regents). Use of the filing fee terminates graduate status and it may be
used only once during a graduate student’s career. Ask Graduate Division for advice concerning use
of the filing fee in lieu of registering. Student must be on a Filing Fee Leave of Absence during the
quarter he/she pays the filing fee.
• The degree candidate must have been registered a minimum 6 quarters for the doctorate degree with a
minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and must remove any Incompletes or No Grades from his/her
• All parts of the dissertation must be reviewed and approved by your committee, including any prefatory
pages, end notes, etc. Nothing can be added to the document once your committee members have
signed the Signature (or Approval) Page indicating acceptance of your dissertation.
• Students who exceed the 7-year time doctoral completion time limit must submit a Graduate
Student Petition signed by the departmental Graduate Advisor to extend their degree deadlines. If the
degree deadline extension is for more than two years, the Graduate Student Petition must be
accompanied by a memo documenting and certifying currency in the field of study, signed by all
members of the thesis or doctoral committee.
Items Required to File a Doctoral Dissertation
Doctoral students have the option of electronically filing one copy of their dissertation directly with
ProQuest and one ori