University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



Normative Time to Degree


Time to Degree Tables by Department

Below is the normative time it should take students to complete a PhD degree. Any student enrolled for one year past their program's normative time must complete a timetable to completion. Their major professor and department must certify that they continue to make progress to their degree and support their continuation.

PhD Program Normative Time in Years

Anthropology                                                      

5

Anthropology (Archaeology)

7

Art History 6
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 5
Bioengineering 5
Biomedical Sciences 5
Cell, Molecular, & Developmental Biology 5
Chemical & Environmental Engineering 5
Chemistry 5
Comparative Literature 6
Computer Science 5
Critical Dance Studies 6
Economics 5
Education 5
Electrical Engineering 5
English (entering with an MA)
6
English (entering without an MA) 6
Entomology 5 2/3
Environmental Sciences 5
Environmental Toxicology 5
Ethnic Studies 6
Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology 6
Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics 5
Geological Sciences 5 2/3
History 5 2/3
Management 5
Materials Science and Engineering 5
Mathematics 5
Mechanical Engineering 5
Microbiology 5
Music (entering with MA)
4
Music (entering without MA) 5
Neuroscience 5 1/3
Philosophy 6
Physics-Astronomy 6
Physics-Environmental (experimental)
6 2/3
Physics-Environmental (theoretical) 5 1/3
Physics-Experimental 6
Physics-Theoretical 5
Plant Biology 5
Plant Pathology 6
Political Science 6
Psychology 5
Religious Studies 6
Sociology 6
Spanish (without an MA) 5
Spanish (with an MA) 3
Statistics, Applied 5
Tri-Campus Program in Classics 6

Below is the normative time it should take PhD students to advance to candidacy (to complete course work, written and oral qualifying exams)

PhD Program Normative Time to Advance in Years

Anthropology                                              

3

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 3
Bioengineering 2
Biomedical Sciences 2
Cell, Molecular, & Developmental Biology 2
Chemical & Environmental Engineering 3
Chemistry 2
Comparative Literature 3
Computer Science 2
Critical Dance Studies 3 1/3
Economics 3
Education 4
Electrical Engineering 2
English
3
Entomology 2 1/3
Environmental Sciences 2
Environmental Toxicology 3
Ethnic Studies 3
Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology 2 1/3
Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics 2 1/3
Geological Sciences 2 1/3 (2 for 15F cohort and beyond)
History 3 2/3
Management 2 1/3
Materials Science and Engineering 3
Mathematics 4
Mechanical Engineering 2
Music
4
Neuroscience 2
Philosophy 4
Physics 3
Plant Biology 2
Plant Pathology 2 1/3
Political Science 3 1/3
Psychology 3 1/3
Religious Studies 3
Sociology 4
Spanish 4
Statistics, Applied 2
Tri-Campus Program in Classics 4

Below is the normative time it should take students to complete a master’s degree.

Master's Program Time to Degree in Years
Anthropology                                                               2                                                                            
Art History 2
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 2
Bioengineering 2
Biomedical Sciences 2
Cell, Molecular, & Developmental Biology 2
Chemical & Environmental Engineering 2
Chemistry 2
Comparative Literature 2
Computer Science 2
Creative Writing (Palm Desert) 2 1/3
Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts 2
Critical Dance Studies 2
Economics 2

Education (MA)

2
Education (MED) 1 2/3
Electrical Engineering 2
English 2
Entomology 2
Environmental Sciences 2
Environmental Toxicology 2
Ethnic Studies 2
Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology 2
Experimental Choreography 3
Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics 2
Geological Sciences 2 1/3
History 2
Management (MA) 2
Management (MBA) 2 1/3
Materials Science and Engineering 2
Mathematics 2
Mechanical Engineering 2
Microbiology 2
Music 2
Neuroscience 2 1/3
Philosophy 2
Physics 2
Plant Biology 2
Plant Pathology 2
Political Science 2
Psychology 2
Religious Studies 2
Sociology 2
Southeast Asian Studies 2
Spanish 2
Statistics 2
Tri-Campus Program in Classics 2
Visual Art 3

 

 

 

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