Advancement to Candidacy

Students who have successfully passed their Qualifying Exam must download and fill out the Application for Candidacy (Plan B). This form must be signed by the student, Chair of the Qualifying Exam, Dissertation Advisor and then be returned to the Program Office for signature by the Program Director. A check for $90 made out to the Regents of UC must also be attached for processing.

The guidelines for candidacy are located at the Graduate Division website and include critical information to be aware of, such as the length of the candidacy period. For all other questions or clarification, please contact the Program Manager at

International students who advance to candidacy do not have to pay the non-resident tuition for a period of three calendar years.

Human Subjects Training

If your research plans involve human subjects, you must complete training in human subjects research by taking and passing the online CITI Program, a basic course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects. Before you begin your research, you must have obtained an approved protocol from the Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (510-642-7461).


There is one commencement ceremony per year, scheduled in early-mid May on a Saturday morning. Candidates who are on schedule to complete their dissertations in summer or early fall must request permission of their dissertation chair to “walk” in the Spring ceremony.

Information regarding the participants in the commencement ceremony is requested by Student Services staff in order to get a headcount and prepare the program listing. Caps and gowns are rented through the Student Store or purchased individually. Tickets for friends and family members of the graduates are requested ahead of time and managed by the Program Manager.

During the ceremony, the Program Director will present each candidate to the Graduate Division Dean by reading the names of the candidate one at a time, including the candidate’s dissertation title. Students are responsible for asking their Chair or a committee member to hood him/her at the ceremony.


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.

To assist you in requesting your diploma, you may use the Diploma Request Form.

If requesting your diploma by letter, please include your name, birthdate, Social Security number, SID, degree and date of award, and the address to which you want the diploma sent. Mailing charges are US$12.00 within the United States or US$32.00 outside the United States. Diplomas are sent by UPS. Since a signature is required, someone must be available to sign for the diploma. Please note that unclaimed diplomas are retained for a period of five (5) years only, after which they are destroyed.

Checks should be made payable to the University of California Regents, and must be included with your mailed request.

Mail your request to the Office of the Registrar, Attention Diplomas, 120 Sproul Hall, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-5404.