Major/Classification Change Petition

Use this form to add a major, request a change of major, or change of degree objective.

Eligibility

Student must be currently registered and enrolled and in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above). Students who have completed and been awarded their degrees must go through the admissions process. Visit Graduate Admissions for more information.

Deadlines

While there is no deadline for Major/Classification Change petitions, students and departments should submit petitions before the end of tenth week of instruction for changes in the current quarter. Students should consult with their department about any deadlines before completing a Major/Classification Change petition.

Procedures

Complete the Major/Classification Change Form above and provide any additional required documents. Submit all materials to the Graduate Division (Academic Services, 1255 Murphy Hall).

*Note: Incomplete petitions will be returned to the department.

Types of Changes

Master’s Students

Master’s to Master’s (different program): A student admitted into Program 1 may request to change major to Program 2 (master’s). The student will NOT finish Program 1.

Example: M.S. in Computer Science to M.S. in Civil Engineering

Master’s to Master’s (sequential):  A student admitted to Program 1 may request to add Program 2 (master’s). The student will finish Program 1 and begin taking courses for Program 2 after the completion of Program 1.

Example: M.A. student in Asian American Studies (Program 1) submits a request to add Master’s in Social Welfare (Program 2) during the last quarter of Program 1. Student will start Program 2 in the quarter immediately following completion of Program 1.

Degree Objective Change (Master’s to Doctoral): Within the same major, a student may request to change classification from the master’s degree objective to the doctoral degree objective. In some instances, the student chooses whether or not to complete the master’s degree before starting the doctoral degree.

Example: M.S. in Electrical Engineering to Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Concurrent or Articulated Degree Program Petition: A student in one degree program of an existing concurrent or articulated program may request to add the second degree program of the existing concurrent or articulated program. The student must have completed no more than 1/3 of required course units (excluding 500 series courses) in the second program.

Example: Social Welfare, MSW student would like to change into the Social Welfare, MSW and Public Health, MPH concurrent degree program.

Individually Designed Articulated Degree Program: A student in one graduate program may wish to add an additional graduate degree program where the two programs do not have an established articulated or concurrent degree option. The student must have completed no more than 1/3 of required course units (excluding 500 series courses) in the second program.

Example: Ph.D student in Civil Engineering would like to add the M.S. in Statistics.

Note:

  • The individually designed articulated degree program is not available to students who are enrolled in special-fee, self-supported programs.
  • A student who is interested in applying for an individually designed articulated degree program must have completed at least one quarter in graduate status at UCLA in a single Graduate Division major.
  • If the individual articulated program is approved, a student is expected to complete all the requirements for each degree; no courses may be applied toward both degrees, and separate and distinct theses, dissertations, comprehensive examinations, or capstone projects must be completed (Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA, pages 23-24).

Doctoral Students

Doctoral to Doctoral (different program): A student admitted to Program 1 may request to change to Program 2 (doctoral). The student will NOT finish Program 1.

Example: Ph.D. student in Political Science to Ph.D. in Sociology.

Doctoral to Doctoral (sequential): A student admitted to Program 1 may request to add Program 2 (doctoral). The student will finish Program 1 and begin taking courses for Program 2 after the completion of Program 1.

Example: Ph.D. student in Physics (Program 1) submits a request to add Ph.D. in Mathematics (Program 2) during the last quarter of Program 1. Student will start Program 2 in the quarter immediately following completion of Program 1.

Degree Objective Change (Doctoral to Master’s): Within the same major, the student may request to change a student’s classification from the doctoral degree objective to the master’s degree objective. This classification change may be initiated by the student or by the department based on the student’s performance in the program. The student will NOT complete the doctoral degree.

Example: Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering to M.S. in Civil Engineering

Individually Designed Articulated Degree Program: A student in one graduate program may wish to add an additional graduate degree program where the two programs do not have an established articulated or concurrent degree option. The student must have completed no more than 1/3 of required course units (excluding 500 series courses) in the second program.

Example: Ph.D student in Civil Engineering would like to add the M.S. in Statistics.

Note:

  • The individually designed articulated degree program is not available to students who are enrolled in special-fee, self-supported programs.
  • A student who is interested in applying for an individually designed articulated degree program must have completed at least one quarter in graduate status at UCLA in a single Graduate Division major.
  • If the individual articulated program is approved, a student is expected to complete all the requirements for each degree; no courses may be applied toward both degrees, and separate and distinct theses, dissertations, comprehensive examinations, and/or capstone projects must be completed (Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA, pages 23-24).

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many signatures does a Graduate Petition for Major/Classification Change need for approval?

Please review the Graduate Petition for Major/Classification Change Form for information about required supplemental materials for each type of action.

2. How long does it take for a petition to be approved?

Please allow 7-10 business days for petition review. Once approved by the Graduate Division, the Registrar’s Office will update the student record within 3-4 business days.

3. If a student has completed and been awarded a graduate degree, can they submit a Graduate Petition for Major/Classification Change to add a new degree?

No. Individuals who have been awarded graduate degrees already and are not currently registered and enrolled in a graduate program must apply for admission into a new program. Visit Graduate Admissions for more information.