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Changes to Major or Degree Objective

Change of Major

To initiate a change of major, the student should complete the Petition to Change Graduate Major, Degree Objective, or for Double Graduate Major. The student’s current graduate advisor must sign the petition first. After the student receives the current graduate advisor’s signature, he/she must get the signature of the graduate admissions advisor in the new program. The student must also obtain the signatures of the graduate program coordinator in both the current and new program. Once the student has all required signatures, he/she must take the form to the Graduate Studies where it will be reviewed, approved, and forwarded to the Office of the University Registrar for further processing. 

Double Major 

Students who would like to have a double major must submit the Petition to Change Graduate Major, Degree Objective, or for Double Graduate Major. The signature of the graduate admissions advisor indicates a student’s acceptance into the second program and the graduate advisor’s approval of the student’s plan to work in two programs simultaneously.

Students may share up to 12 units from one UC Davis program with another, provided they have approval of their graduate adviser and the Dean of Graduate Studies. To meet the Graduate Studies residency requirements, students must spend at least two quarters in regular graduate standing in their second master’s program. The student must also complete a separate thesis or examination in accordance with the approved program requirements. 

Students currently enrolled in a self-supporting master’s degree program may be approved for a double major, but they will be charged tuition and fees for both programs. In the case of a double major with a professional degree, it is the student’s responsibility to notify Graduate Studies when he/she has completed his/her professional degree. Upon completion of the professional degree, Graduate Studies will change the student’s primary curriculum to reflect the academic graduate degree. It should be noted that the School of Medicine makes its own changes, so students must notify the School of Medicine directly about any changes.

When professional students add an academic major, they must complete a regular, online graduate admission application, including all required materials – application fee, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts of record along with the Petition to Change Graduate Major, Degree Objective, or for Double Graduate Major.

Change of Degree Objective

Students who want to change their degree objective within the same program must submit the Petition to Change Graduate Major, Degree Objective, or for Double Graduate Major.  The student’s current graduate advisor must sign the petition first. After the student receives the current graduate advisor’s signature, he/she must get the signature of the graduate admissions advisor and graduate program coordinator. Once the student has all required signatures, he/she must take the form to the Graduate Studies where it will be reviewed, approved and forwarded to the Office of the University Registrar for further processing.