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The primary role of the Graduate Division is to support and assist graduate students in the pursuit of their graduate degrees. This section of the Graduate Division website is a collection of resources that will aid graduate students in navigating their way towards completing their studies.

Graduate Degrees Office
Academic Appointments Office


Graduate Policy (Guide to Graduate Policy)
The comprehensive guide to graduate policies and study at UC Berkeley.

Procedural Resources & Guides

Handbooks for Graduate Services Locked (for faculty & staff use)
Handbooks to assist with graduate admissions, administering graduate fellowships, and the degrees process. For password access, contact Graduate Admissions, Fellowships or Degrees.

Forms & Applications
Applications for candidacy, qualifying exams, readmission, filing fees, appeals, and more.

Deadlines for Master's and Doctoral Degrees
Deadlines for submitting applications for candidacy, filing fees, thesis, DNTF, and dissertations for Master's and Doctoral students.

Dissertation Filing Guide
Everything you need to know about preparing, organizing, and filing your dissertation. Includes sample pages, format guidelines, and electronic filing information.

Thesis Filing Guide
Everything you need to know about preparing, organizing, and filing your thesis. Includes sample pages, format guidelines, and electronic filing information.

Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to questions about filing fees, withdrawals, readmission, qualifying exams, diplomas, exchange programs and more.

Diploma Opens website in new browser window (Office of the Registrar)
Approximately 4 months after your graduation date, you may obtain your diploma in person at the Office of the Registrar, 120 Sproul Hall, or you may request to have it mailed to you.

Human or Animal Subject Research
Requirements for Research Involving Human Subjects and Animal Subjects.

Fairness of Authorship (PDF)
Campus policy regarding authorship and credit on faculty/student collaborations.

Additional Doctoral Student Resources

Academic Progress Report
The Academic Progress Report, to be completed on an annual basis, is designed to assist doctoral students and their dissertation chair to stay on track with advising and other supportive activities to help facilitate the completion of doctoral work in a timely manner.

Publishing Your Dissertation
The Graduate Division submits your dissertation to the University Library to be bound and shelved for public use. Learn more about submitting publishing through ProQuest, copyright registration, and other information.

Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)
The SED gathers information annually from over 40,000 new U.S. research doctorate graduates about their educational histories, funding sources, and post-doctoral plans.

Policy on Accommodation of Research Doctoral Student Parents
Learn about the accommodations for research doctoral students who are undergoing childbirth or coping with other serious parenting demands. Students can apply for continued support through the Childbirth Accommodation Fund by completing the Petition for Childbirth Accommodation Funding (PDF).

UC Berkeley Survey of Doctoral Students' Opinion (PDF)
Help us improve the quality of graduate education at Berkeley with your participation in this short questionnaire.

Dean's Normative Time Fellowship / Doctoral Completion Fellowship
For doctoral students in specific programs.

Academic Appointments

Academic Appointments Guide
Academic appointment procedures including information about fee remission, policy exceptions, and creating an academic appointment (Graduate Student Instructor, Graduate Student Researcher, Reader, Tutor).

Related Resources

Academic Services
Help with academic writing, grant writing, dissertation writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication.

ProQuest Opens website in new browser window
Search citations and abstracts of dissertations from all UC campuses.


Last Updated: September 25, 2013 4:52 PM