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Effective Fall 2021, Senate Regulation 715 regarding doctoral committee composition has been revised. The updated regulation applies only to UC San Diego PhD and DMA (SD 717) programs.

Please review the Graduate Division website for the updated Senate Regulation and doctoral committee membership table.

More details and FAQs

Telepresence Flexibility for Master's and Doctoral Examinations through Summer Quarter 2022

Effective through the end of Summer 2022 (September 18, 2022), the temporary authorization will remain in place to allow any or all members of a master’s or doctoral committee and/or the student being examined to participate in the qualifying examination and thesis or dissertation defense in person or remotely (meaning participation by live video teleconference).   

Please review the previously established guidelines from Graduate Council for telepresence participation in master's and doctoral examinations.

Welcome to the Academic Affairs Collab pages!

Online Form Routing through DocuSign

*UPDATED forms: We have updated the final report forms to include a column for committee members to indicate their decision on the dissertation/thesis by choosing "Yes" or "No" in the "Approved for Publication" column. A separate dissertation/thesis signature page is not needed when the updated form is used. The updated forms also include a section to indicate if a fee is required (filing/readmit/re-advancement); a General Petition is not required if the updated form is used. 

The collection of all required faculty and student signatures on the forms below will be through DocuSign; the forms will be digitally routed to all required signers, including to the Graduate Division and the Registrar for final processing.  

• Master's application to candidacy (for use with uAchieve report)
• Final report forms for MA/MS/MFA/MIA/MPH/doctoral degrees
• Doctoral advancement to candidacy forms 
• General Petition
• UG Waiver/Transfer Credit

Forms must be initiated by graduate coordinators or program staff. Click on DocuSign Forms link on the left side bar for instructions and links to the various forms.


Academic Affairs Unit


Erica Lennard, Assistant Dean 

(858) 53 4-3552

Norienne Saign, Assistant Director (Spring Evaluations, Probation, *interim all PhD matters)

(858) 53 4-3709

Sara Miceli, Graduate Academic Affairs Advisor (JDP and Professional Master's, *interim: PhD student appointments)

(858) 53 4-6977
Kelsey Darvin, Graduate Academic Affairs Advisor (Academic Degrees) (858) 53

Eliese Maxwell, Graduate Academic Affairs Advisor (Academic Master's, last name A-L)

(858) 82

Kimberly McCusker, Graduate Academic Affairs Advisor (Academic Master's, last name M-Z) 

(858) 53
Vacant, Graduate Academic Affairs Advisor (Academic Degrees)

Vacant (contact Norienne Saign), Academic Affairs Assistant

Intercampus exchange
UC Irvine Theatre joint doc student process

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