Posting Masters Degree en route to PhD
Students in the PhD in Education program have the option of receiving a Plan II: Comprehensive Examination MA degree in Education en route to the PhD. To qualify for an MA under Plan II, the student who has provisionally passed the second year research paper requirement and completed a total of 36 units, including all the required core courses (24 units) and three additional courses (12 units), with a grade of B or better in each course. Obtaining the MA in Education degree is not a requirement for completion of the PhD.
This is a two step process:
1. Advancement to Candidacy
Students eligible for a master's degree will complete the Advancement to Candidacy/Final Degree Report - Master's Degree Comp Exam form to advance to candidacy for the master's degree prior to the deadline set by UC Irvine Graduate Division. Students should complete their specialization program requirements checklist and meet with the Graduate Counselor for a program requirement audit. Students receive their master's degree the quarter following their advancement to candidacy or once all M.A. requirements have been met.
2. Final Degree Certification
Conferral of the M.A. in Education happens a quarter after advancement and once the student receives a full pass for the second year research paper. In addition, completion of Exit Survey embedded in the form is required for Final Degree Certification.
*NOTE: if you advance in the spring quarter and want to confer your MA degree in the summer, you must be enrolled in at least one unit during summer session.