The general expectation is that students will make sufficient progress to earn the Ph.D. degree within five years from entry into UCLA ACCESS to completion of all CMP Graduate Program requirements.
A graduate student may be disqualified from continuing in the graduate program for a variety of reasons. The most common is failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.00) required by the Academic Senate to remain in good standing. Other examples include failure of examinations, lack of timely progress toward the degree, and poor performance in core courses. Probationary students (those with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00) are subject to immediate dismissal upon recommendation of their department. University guidelines governing termination of graduate students, including the appeal procedure, are outlined in the graduate division publication “Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA”. (See: www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/spfgs.pdf)
Failure of the qualifying examination twice leads to disqualification. Failure to convene annual meetings and complete the required Annual Student Progress Report in a timely fashion will result in official reevaluation of the student's status, dismissal, or a recommendation for transfer to another mentor's laboratory. The student may appeal by letter to the Graduate Executive Committee. Mentors and students are responsible for ensuring that these requirements are fulfilled. Each stage of the student's progress will be monitored yearly and recorded in the student's file.
The Master of Science degree may be awarded only in special cases to students who were admitted into the doctoral program, have advanced to candidacy, and are unable to complete the full Ph.D. curriculum. Further details on the M.S. degree in these instances can be obtained from the Graduate Program Director. The department does not admit students whose sole objective is the Master’s degree.