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Completing the Master's Plan II or MFA

Mandatory Remote Examinations
In compliance with current campus and state-wide directives, all examinations must be conducted remotely until further notice.  No in-person examinations will be permitted due to both personal and public health risk.

Master's Exam or Project Filing Requirements

Plan II master's and MFA students must be registered or on filing fee in the quarter you complete your degree.  There are three documents required for completion.  You will be filed to graduate and emailed your degree conferral letter only after all three forms have been received and you have passed all courses listed on your candidacy form.  

  • Candidacy Application - we recommend filing the candidacy application when you have completed approximately half your required coursework.  You must be advanced to candidacy prior to taking your comprehensive exam or submitting a final version of your capstone project.  A $55 candidacy fee (supporting the Graduate Pathways Institute) must be paid before submitting to Graduate Studies.
  • Master's Report Form - After passing your exam or approval of your project, your advisor will sign and date your Master's Report Form and send it to your Graduate Program Coordinator for submission to Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Program Exit Information Form - Fill and submit this form to your Graduate Program Coordinator for signature.  They will forward to Graduate Studies along with your master's report.

Final Deadlines

The final day to pass your exam or complete your project is the last day of the quarter in which you're completing.  Check the calendar for specific deadlines for each degree list. 

Conferral Letter

Once your paperwork has been received and confirmed by Graduate Studies, we will file you to graduate and email you a PDF degree conferral letter.  The letter, signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, states you have completed all the degree requirements and will be (or 'were' - depending on date) conferred the degree on your graduation date.  Many employers and agencies accept conferral letters as proof of completion until the updated transcript and diploma are available.  Contact your Senior Academic Advisor if your employer requires additional verification.  Please note, due to the volume of filing paperwork received and processing time required for each degree list, conferral letters may be sent 3-4 weeks after your report form is received.  

Transcripts, Diplomas, and UC Davis Computing Accounts

Learn how to obtain your diploma, when your transcript will be updated, if you can keep your @UCDavis email, and more on our Diplomas, Transcripts, and Verification webpage.