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Normative Support, Residency, and Time to Degree Policy

 Please see below for financial support/time limit information for each degree program.

M.A. Degree

Students are eligible for six quarters (2 years) of support and are expected to complete all degree requirements in six quarters of residence. International students must complete the M.A. degree in 2 years of uninterrupted residency.

 

California Residency Expectation

Non-resident U.S. students are expected to gain California residency after their first year. Continuing financial support is dependent on meeting this expectation.

Ph.D/D.M.A. Degree

Students entering the doctoral program with a master's degree from another institution are:

  • Eligible for 15 quarters (5 years) of total financial support from the Department
  • Expected to advance to candidacy (i.e., qualify) by the end of the student’s third year. A student’s fifth year of eligible support is dependent on advancing to candidacy within this normative time period.

Students entering the doctoral program with a master's degree from UCSD are: 

  • Eligible for 18 quarters (6 years) of total financial support, with the time limit calculated from the beginning of the M.A. program (i.e., 6 quarters for the masters program plus 12 additional quarters for the doctoral program).
  • Expected to advance to candidacy (i.e., qualify) by the end of the student’s second year of doctoral study. A student’s final year of eligible support is dependent on advancing to candidacy within this normative time period.

International students, if admitted at the doctoral level, must advance to candidacy by the end of their third year. Departmental funding is dependent on meeting these expectations.

 

California Residency Expectation

Non-resident U.S. students are expected to gain California residency after their first year. Continuing financial support is dependent on meeting this expectation.

 

UCSD Time to Doctorate Policy

The Department of Music also follows the Time to Doctorate Policy set forth by Graduate Division with regards to maximum registered time in which a student must advance to doctoral candidacy, maximum time during which a doctoral student is eligible for support, and maximum registered time in which a student must complete all doctoral requirements.