Graduate Program Guidelines & Handbooks

MA/PhD Program of Study

MA Portion

  • Core Courses: Comm 200, 204A, 204B, 500
  • 1 Survey Course (Comm 207, 213, or 222A)
  • 3 Elective Content Courses in the Department
  • 1 Elective Methods/Tools Course
  • 2 quarters (8 units) of Comm 598 MA Thesis Prep
  • 1 unit of Comm 505 (Department Colloquium) every quarter
  • Completion and Defense of Master’s Thesis

Sample Program of Study

This assumes no unit transfers from UCSB MA to PhD.

Year 1 (MA)

Fall

Winter

Spring

204a

204b

200

Content

Content

Methods/Tools

500

Content

 

Recommendation: Choose advisor by the end of Winter – year 1
Recommendation: Finalize committee by the end of Spring – year 1

Year 2 (MA)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Survey Course

Thesis

Thesis

Thesis

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendation:  Defend thesis proposal in the fall and complete thesis in Spring – year 2

Year 3 (PhD)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Dept. Content

Dept. Content

204C

Dept. Content

Dept. Content

Survey Course

Outside content

Methods/Tools

Directed Research

Recommendation: Choose PhD advisor by end of Fall – year 3
Recommendation: Finalize committee by the end of Spring – year 3
Recommendation: Discussions with committee members about the reading list for the quals prep should begin immediately upon the committee member’s agreement to serve on the committee.

Year 4 (PhD)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Outside Content

Quals Writing

Diss Proposal

Methods/Tools

 

 

Quals Prep

 

 

Recommendation: Have proposal meeting by the end of Spring – year 4

Year 5 (PhD)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Diss

Diss

Diss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendation: Data collection should be completed by end of Winter – year 5
Recommendation: Dissertation should be completed by end of Spring – year 5


 

PhD (only) Program of Study

PhD Portion

  • Core Courses: Comm 204C and a Second Survey Course (Comm 207, 213, or 222)
  • 4 Elective Courses in the Department
  • 2 Elective Courses Outside the Department
  • 2 Elective Methods/Tools Courses
  • 1 quarter (4 units) Directed Research (Comm 596)
  • 12 units of Qualifying Exams Preparation (Comm 597)
  • 12 units of Dissertation Research and Writing (Comm 599)
  • 1 unit of Comm 505 (Department Colloquium) every quarter
  • Successful Completion of Qualification Exams
  • Completion and Defense of Doctoral Dissertation

Sample Program of Study

This assumes coming with a MA from outside.

Year 1 (PhD)

Fall Winter Spring
204A 204B 200
Dept. Content Survey Course 204C
500   Dept. Content

Recommendation: Choose PhD advisor by end of Spring – year 1

Year 2 (PhD)

Fall Winter Spring
Methods/Tools Methods/Tools Survey Course
Dept. Content Outside Content Outside Content
Dept. Content Directed Research  

Recommendation: Finalize committee by the end of Winter – year 2
Recommendation: Discussions with committee members about the reading list for the quals prep should begin immediately upon the committee member’s agreement to serve on the committee.

Year 3 (PhD)

Fall Winter Spring
Quals Prep Quals Writing Diss Proposal
     
     

Recommendation: Defend qualifying exams by the end of Spring quarter – year 3.  Have proposal meeting by the end of Spring – year 3.

Year 4 (PhD)

Fall Winter Spring
Diss Diss Diss
     
     

Recommendation: Dissertation proposal should be approved by Nov. 1 – year 4 (at the latest).  Data collection should be complete by end of Winter – year 4
Recommendation: Dissertation should be defended by end of Spring – year 4