Milestones

Graduate Student Milestones

ECE Graduate Milestones

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Ph.D. Milestones

  • Submitting forms related to the Ph.D. Degree Requirement
  • Electronically submit documents using the PhD ECE Forms/Documents Submission form or drop off documents at the office in 2064 Kemper Hall
  • Declare a Major Professor -- Third Friday of October - First Year
  • All students must select a major professor from the ECE Graduate Program directory. You must declare a major professor by completing the Declaration of a Major Professor/Co-Advisor form. 
  • Preliminary Examination -- Winter Quarter - First Year
  • ♦   Preliminary Ph.D. Oral Examination
    ♦   Preliminary Exam Application - Due on the first Friday of November 
    ♦   Examination areas are in the following Electromagnetics, Physical Electronics, Active and Passive Circuits, Signals and Systems, Computer Systems and Software, Digital-Systems Design
  • Guidance Committee Selection -- First Friday of March - First Year
  • Submit the Guidance Committee Selection form after passing the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination
    ♦   Committee provides guidance for the Ph.D. Program of Study
    ♦   The committee is chaired by the Major Professor and made up of at least two other members  
    ♦   The majority of this committee must be members of the ECE Graduate Program committee
  • Program of Study -- Submit when all courses are completed - Second or Third Year
  • The Program of Study is a list of completed courses for your research. The courses are approved by the Major Professor,  Ph.D. Guidance Committee, the ECE Graduate Faculty Advisor and the ECE Graduate Study Committee.

    Course Requirements: 45 units minimum
    ♦   21 from graduate-level courses (200-289)
    ♦   15 units from minor area
    ♦   9 units outside the ECE discipline
    ♦   24 units must be completed at UC Davis
    ♦   Only courses (100 and 200 series) with grades of A, B or S may count
    ♦   GPA of at least 3.5 required

    Please Note:
    ♦   Program of Study sample
    ♦   Restricted Courses are not allowed
    ♦   Only courses with grades B or better. Courses taken during your MS education may be incorporated in your Program of Study
    ♦  Program of Study should be submitted at least two months before your Qualifying Exam
  • Qualifying Examination -- By the Ninth Quarter - Third Year
  • Eligibility Criteria
    ♦   Passed the Preliminary Exam
    ♦   Program of Study approved with 3.5 GPA
    ♦   Remedial courses (if applicable) - Required for students without a degree in ECE
    ♦   Full-time status in the quarter in which the QE is taken

    Preparing for the QE
    ♦   Submit the Qualifying Exam application at least one month prior to your exam date
    ♦   Graduate Studies - Qualifying Exam Regulations  
    ♦   Coordinate with your committee members to schedule an exam time
         Reserve a room for your exam using COWS;  Schedule at least 30 minutes of prep time prior to the exam.
    ♦  Research Proposal -- Must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the oral portion of the exam

    Committee Members
    ♦   Five faculty members including the Major Professor
    ♦   Chair of the QE must be someone other than the Major Professor
    ♦   At least one member from the minor area
    ♦   The majority of this committee must be members of the ECE Graduate Program.
    ♦   At least one member from outside of the ECE Graduate Program
    ♦   Committee Member Remote Participation Request
    ♦   External Membership Application - For members outside of the UC System
    ♦   Reconstitution of Committee Membership Request

    QE for a MS Plan II - For students without an MS in ECE
    ♦   The Doctoral Qualifying Examination may be used to fulfill certain requirements for the M.S. Plan II degree
    ♦   See the MS Plan II Milestones for details
    ♦   Complete the QE for Comprehensive Exam Agreement Form along with the MS Plan II degree requirements

  • Advance to Candidacy -- Submit Within 1 Month After the Successful Completion of the Qualifying Exam - Third Year
  • ♦   Complete and submit the Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) - Plan B form.
    ♦   Candidacy fee must be paid at the Cashier's Office
    ♦   Dissertation Committee Chair must sign the form prior to submitting document to Graduate Program Coordinator
    ♦   Submit to Graduate Program Coordinator for Graduate Program Advisor's and Graduate Program Coordinator's signatures
  • Exit Seminar -- Two Weeks Prior to Electronically Submitting Your Dissertation -- Fourth - Sixth Year
  • File at least two weeks before you submit your dissertation. You may NOT submit your dissertation until you've completed your exit seminar. 
    Exit Seminar Notice
    ♦   The Exit Seminar can be open to the public
    ♦   At least three faculty who are members of the Ph.D. Dissertation Reading Committee or QE Committee must be in attendance
    Exit Seminar Verification Form (signed and submitted after your Exit Seminar)
  • Dissertation -- Fourth - Sixth Year
  • ♦   Doctoral Candidate Degree Completion List
    ♦   Preparing and Filing Your Thesis or Dissertation
    ♦   Dissertation submitted electronically
    ♦   Check filing deadlines on Academic Calendar
  • Schedule an appointment with a Senior Academic Advisor in Graduate Studies -- Fourth - Sixth Year
  • Take the following documents to Graduate Studies
    ♦   Exit Seminar Verification Form - Submit copy to Graduate Program Coordinator
    ♦   Graduate Exit Form - Submit to the Graduate Program Coordinator for signature
    ♦   Thesis/Dissertation Copyright and Embargo Agreement
    ♦   One title page with original signatures in ink
    Make an appointment with a Senior Academic Advisor. Be prepared to spend 10 - 15 minutes with Graduate Studies.

Master's Plan I Milestones

  • Submitting forms related to the M.S. Plan I Degree Requirement
  • Electronically submit documents using the MS Plan I ECE Forms/Documents Submission form or drop off documents at the office in 2064 Kemper Hall
  • Declare a Major Professor -- End of Winter Quarter - First Year
  • All students must select a major professor from the ECE Graduate Program directory. You must declare a major professor by completing the Declaration of a Major Professor/Co-Advisor form. 
  • Program of Study -- End of Fall Quarter - Second Year
  • The Program of Study a list of completed courses for your research. The courses are approved by the Major Professor,  and the ECE Graduate Faculty Advisor.

    MS Plan I Program of Study
    ♦   Course Requirements: 36 units minimum (100 and 200 series only)
    ♦   15 units of graduate engineering (200 series)
    ♦   12 out of 15 units in graduate ECE courses
    ♦   Not more than 3 units of graduate seminar
    ♦   9 units of EEC 299 research units may be used
    ♦   Courses with grades B- or better
    ♦   Restricted Courses are not allowed

    IDP MS Plan I Program of Study
    ♦   Course Requirements: 30 units minimum (100 and 200 series only)
    ♦   List 2 graduate courses taken during your BSE program
    ♦   12 ECE graduate courses (200 series)
    ♦   Not more than 3 units of graduate seminar
    ♦   9 units of EEC 299 research units may be used
    ♦   Courses with grades B- or better
    ♦   Restricted Courses are not allowed
  • Advance to Candidacy  -- End of Fall Quarter - Second Year
  • ♦   Program of Study has been approved
    ♦   Complete the Candidacy for the Master's Degree - Thesis Plan I form.
    ♦   Complete payment at the Cashier's Office and get Thesis Chair's signature 
    ♦   Submit the form to Graduate Program Coordinator for Departmental Approval
  • Thesis Committee Selection -- End of Fall Quarter - Second Year
  • Submit the M.S. Thesis Committee application. The responsibility of this committee is to assist in the guidance of the student and to read and approve the thesis.
    ♦   Chaired by the major professor and made up of two other members
    ♦   The majority of this committee must be members of the ECE Graduate Program
    ♦   External Membership Application - For members outside of the UC System
  • Thesis -- Second Year
  • ♦   Master's Candidate Degree Completion List
    ♦   Preparing and Filing Your Thesis or Dissertation
    ♦   Dissertation submitted electronically
    ♦   Check filing deadlines on the Academic Calendar
  • Schedule an appointment with a Senior Academic Advisor in Graduate Studies -- Second Year
  • Take the following documents to Graduate Studies
    ♦   Graduate Exit Form - Submit to the Graduate Program Coordinator for signature
    ♦   Thesis/Dissertation Copyright and Embargo Agreement
    ♦   One title page with original signatures in ink
    Make an appointment with a Senior Academic Advisor. Be prepared to spend 10 - 15 minutes with Graduate Studies.

Master's Plan II Milestones

  • Submitting forms related to the M.S. Plan II Degree Requirement
  • Electronically submit documents using the MS Plan II ECE Forms/Documents Submission form or drop off documents at the office in 2064 Kemper Hall
  • Declare a Major Professor -- End of Winter Quarter - First Year
  • All students must select a major professor from the ECE Graduate Program directory. You must declare a major professor by completing the Declaration of a Major Professor/Co-Advisor form. 
  • Program of Study -- End of Fall Quarter - Second Year
  • The Program of Study a list of completed courses for your research. The courses are approved by the Major Professor,  and the ECE Graduate Faculty Advisor.

    MS Plan II Program of Study
    ♦   Course Requirements: 36 units minimum (100 and 200 series only)
    ♦   24 units graduate engineering (200 series)
    ♦   18 of 24 units in graduate engineering and 15 units in graduate ECE
    ♦   Not more than 1 unit of graduate seminar
    ♦   3 units of EEC 299 research units may be used
    ♦   Courses with grades B- or better
    ♦   Restricted Courses are not allowed

    IDP MS Plan II Program of Study
    ♦   Course Requirements: 36 units minimum (100 and 200 series only)
    ♦   List 2 graduate courses taken during your BSE program
    ♦   18 of 24 units in graduate engineering and 15 units (200 series)
    ♦   At most 3 units of graduate seminar
    ♦   6 units of EEC 299 research units may be used
    ♦   Courses with grades B- or better
    ♦   Restricted Courses are not allowed
  • Advance to Candidacy -- Program of Study Approved - Second Year
  • ♦   Program of Study has been approved
    ♦   Complete the Candidacy for the Master's Degree - Comprehensive Exam Plan II
    ♦   Use the approved Program of Study to complete the second page
    ♦   Complete payment at the Cashier's Office 
    ♦   Submit the form to Graduate Program Coordinator for Departmental Approval
  • Comprehensive Examination Application -- Second Year
  • Submit the M.S. Comprehensive Examination Application. The responsibility of this committee is to assist in the guidance of the student and to give the Comprehensive Exam and approve the final report.

    ♦   Chaired by the Major Professor and made up of two other members
    ♦   The majority of this committee must be members of the ECE Graduate Program
  • Comprehensive Examination -- Second Year
  • The examination has two parts: an oral presentation and a written report. 

    Preparing for your Comprehensive Exam
    ♦   Coordinate with your committee members to schedule an exam time
    ♦   In-Person Meeting - Reserve a room for your exam using COWS;  Schedule at least 30 minutes of prep time prior to the exam. 
    ♦   Virtual Presentation - Work with your Major Professor to set-up for a Zoom meeting
    ♦   Verification of Completion of the Comprehensive Examination
    ♦   Master's Report Form Plan II

    Submit the following documents to the Graduate Program Coordinator
    ♦   Verification of Completion of the Comprehensive Examination
    ♦   Master's Report Form Plan II
    ♦   IEEE format of your written report
    ♦   Graduate Exit Form - Submit to the Graduate Program Coordinator

    See Academic Calendar for filing deadlines