Master's Degree

Although Integrative Biology only admits students to the Ph.D. program, students may earn a Master's Degree while progressing toward the Doctorate. Note that a Master's Degree is not a prerequisite for a Ph.D.

Occasionally, a student changes his or her career goal and decides to leave the program with a terminal Master's Degree. A student terminating his studies in Integrative Biology with a Master's degree may do so under one of two degree plans.

The Graduate Division requirements for earning a Master's are the following:

Plan I

  • Requires at least 20 semester units of upper division and graduate courses, plus a thesis.
  • At least 8 of these units must be in 200 series courses in the student's major subject.

The department's policy is that a student earning a Master's degree as part of the Doctorate program may do so only by writing a thesis under Plan I.

Plan II

  • Requires at least 24 semester units of upper division and graduate courses, followed by a comprehensive final examination administered by the department.
  • At least 12 units must be in graduate courses in the student's major subject.
  • Courses in the 300 series or higher do not count toward the unit requirements for either Plan I or Plan II.
  • For either the 20-unit Plan I or 24-unit Plan II, a maximum of 6 units of 299 course work may be used toward fulfilling degree unit requirements.


Application for Candidacy for the Master's Degree

Submit this application for Candidacy for Master's Degree form no later than the end of the fifth week of classes of the semester in which you expect to receive the degree.