Milestones

Graduate Student Milestones

Graduate Student Milestones

Please review pertinent forms and courses related to these milestones. And remember: Contact our graduate advisors with any questions you may have -- we are here to help you!

Master's Plan I Milestones

  • 1. Declare a Major Professor -- End of Winter Quarter/First Year
  • Select a major professor from the ECE Graduate Program. Even if the major professor is assigned before admissions, you will still need to declare a major professor. 
  • 2. Program of Study -- End of Fall Quarter/Second Year
  • ♦   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
    ♦   Restricted courses not allowed
  • 3. Thesis Committee Selection -- End of Fall Quarter/Second Year
  • Declare an M.S. thesis committee. 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
  • 4. Advance to Candidacy -- Program of Study Approved/Second Year
  • ♦   Candidacy fee must be paid at the Cashier's Office
    ♦   Thesis chair must sign candidacy paperwork
    ♦   Submit to Graduate Program Coordinator for Graduate Program Advisor's and Graduate Program Coordinator's signatures after payment and Thesis Chair signature are complete
  • 5, Thesis -- Second Year
  • ♦   Master's Candidate Degree Completion List
    ♦   Thesis submitted electronically using ProQuest
    ♦   Preparing and Filing Your Thesis or Dissertation
    ♦   Be prepared to spend 10 - 15 minutes in Graduate Studies
    ♦   One title page with original signatures in ink
    ♦   Filing deadlines -- check Academic Calendar

Master's Plan II Milestones

  • 1. Declare a Major Professor -- End of Winter Quarter/First Year
  • Select a major professor from the ECE Graduate Program. Even if the major professor is assigned before admissions, you will still need to declare a major professor. 
  • 2. Program of Study -- End of Fall Quarter/Second Year
  • ♦   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 may be used
    ♦   Restricted courses not allowed
  • 3. Advance to Candidacy -- Program of Study Approved/Second Year
  • ♦   Candidacy fee must be paid at the Cashier's Office
    ♦   Submit to Graduate Program Coordinator for Graduate Program Advisor's signatures after payment is complete
  • 4. Application for Comprehensive Examination -- Program of Study Approved/Second Year
  • ♦   Declare an M.S. Comprehensive Examination Committee. 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
    ♦   Proposed seminar topic including date and time of the exam
    ♦   Preparing for your exam: Schedule a time that works for all committee members; reserve an exam room with COWS; give yourself 30 minutes of prep time prior to the exam
  • 5. Comprehensive Examination -- Second Year
  • The examination has two parts: an oral presentation and a written report. Submit the following documents for Graduate Faculty Advisor's signature:
    ♦   Verification of Completion of the Comprehensive Examination
    ♦   Master's Report Form Plan II
    ♦   IEEE format of your written report
    ♦   See Academic Calendar for filing deadlines

Ph.D. Milestones

  • 1. Declare a Major Professor -- Third Friday of October/First Year
  • Select a major professor from the ECE Graduate Program. Even if the major professor is assigned before admissions, you will still need to declare a major professor. 
  • 2. Preliminary Examination -- First Friday of November/First Year
  • ♦   Preliminary Ph.D. Oral Examination
    ♦   Prelim exam is only offered in the Winter Quarter
    ♦   Examination areas are electromagnetics, physical electronics, active and passive circuits, signals and systems, computer systems and software, digital-systems design
  • 3. Guidance Committee Selection -- First Friday of March/First Year
  • ♦   Chaired by the Major Professor and made up of at least two other members
    ♦   Committee provides guidance for the Program of Study
    ♦   The majority of this committee must be made members of ECE Graduate Program
  • 4. Program of Study -- Completed and Submitted Within the First Seven Days of Fall Quarter Following the Prelim Exam Completion/Second Year
  • ♦   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
    ♦   A revised Program of Study must be submitted and approved each time changes are made to the coursework
    ♦   Approved by the Major Professor, Ph.D. Guidance Committee, the ECE Graduate Faculty Advisor and the ECE Graduate Study Committee
    ♦   Restricted courses not allowed
  • 5. Qualifying Examination -- By the Ninth Quarter/Third Year
  • Eligibility
    ♦   Passed the Prelim Exam
    ♦   Program of Study approved with 3.5 GPA
    ♦   Remedial courses completed (if applicable)
    ♦   Full-time status in the quarter in which the QE is taken
    Committee
    ♦   Five faculty members including 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
    ♦   Chair of the QE must be someone other than the Major Professor
    Preparation
    ♦   Submit QE application
    ♦   Research Proposal -- Submit a research proposal at least 10 days before the oral portion of the exam
    ♦   Coordinate with your committee members to schedule a time; reserve a room for your exam using COWS; give yourself 30 minutes of prep time prior to the exam.
    For M.S. Plan II
    ♦   The Doctoral Qualifying Examination may be used to fulfill certain requirements for the M.S. Plan II degree; please see Master of Science requirements
    ♦   Complete the QE for Comprehensive Exam Agreement Form
  • 6. Advance to Candidacy -- Submit Within 1 Month After the Successful Completion of the Qualifying Exam/Third Year
  • ♦   Candidacy fee must be paid at Cashier's Office
    ♦   Dissertation Committee Chair must sign prior to submitting document to Graduate Program Advisor
    ♦   Submit to Graduate Program Coordinator for Graduate Program Advisor's and Graduate Program Coordinator's signatures
  • 7. Exit Seminar -- Two Weeks Prior to Electronically Submitting Your Dissertation/ Fourth -- Sixth Year
  • ♦   Must be completed before dissertation can be filed
    ♦   Exit Seminar is 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
  • 8. Dissertation -- Fourth -- Sixth Year
  • ♦   Dissertation submitted electronically using ProQuest
    ♦   Preparing and Filing Your Thesis or Dissertation
    ♦   Be prepared to spend 10 - 15 minutes in Graduate Studies
    ♦   One title page with original signatures in ink
    ♦   Check filing deadlines on Academic Calendar