The College and schools perform degree checks, but Registrar’s Office degree auditors verify a candidate’s eligibility for a degree only after a student has declared candidacy.
To qualify for a bachelor’s degree—that is, to graduate in any school or College at UCLA—students must earn at least a C (2.0) average in all courses taken at any UC campus. In addition to the grade-point average requirement, students must satisfy (1) University requirements, (2) College or school requirements, and (3) department requirements. See the UCLA General Catalog for requirement details.
Students can use the MyUCLA Degree Audit feature to track progress toward the degree. Any time prior to graduation, a student may request a review of degree progress. Official degree checks detail requirements remaining to complete the bachelor’s degree.
Registrar’s Office degree auditors are responsible for verifying a candidate’s eligibility for a degree. Degree auditors have information pertaining to a student’s graduation only if that student has declared candidacy and completed 160 quarter units (172 units for engineering students).
Students are only notified by a Registrar’s Office degree auditor if they have not fulfilled degree requirements. Students are sent a shortage notice, at the mailing address on file, some time after the fifth week of the degree-expected term. The notice outlines all unfulfilled requirements for the degree. Students should contact a degree auditor immediately to discuss their plans for completing degree requirements. Students should consult their departmental advisers and College or school advising offices for specific questions about program requirements.
Students who do not declare candidacy in the term that final degree requirements are met, or who had pending degree-related issues (such as grade changes, department approval of major courses, or advanced-standing work at other institutions) in the declared term, must submit a Retroactive Degree Request form. If the request is approved, the degree is recorded on the transcript immediately, and the student record is closed to any further revision. The $75 special order diploma fee applies.
The degree-check process varies by College or school.
College of Letters and Science
The College strongly recommends that students meet with a College adviser in the advising unit for a degree check at least one or two quarters before their intended graduation term to be sure they are on track to satisfy all degree requirements. Students should also consult with a departmental adviser to be sure all major and minor requirements will be satisfied.
School of the Arts and Architecture
The Degree Audit is available through MyUCLA and on request from the Office of Student Services, 2200 Broad Art Center. Students should consult with an adviser in the Office of Student Services when they have questions about University or school requirements. Specific questions regarding major requirements should be referred to their departmental adviser.
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
The Degree Audit is available through MyUCLA for students who entered Fall 2012 and later. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2012 should use the HSSEAS Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) to determine which degree requirements are left to complete. Students should participate in the Degree Audit Process to obtain an official Degree Audit at least one term prior to the graduation term.
Herb Alpert School of Music
The Degree Audit is available through MyUCLA and on request from the Office of Student Services, 1642 Schoenberg Music Building. Students should consult an adviser in this office when they have questions about departmental, school, or UCLA degree requirements.
School of Nursing
The Degree Audit is available through MyUCLA for students who entered Fall 2012 and later. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2012 may request their most recent degree check from the prelicensure student services coordinator in 2-147 Factor Building.
Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs
The Degree Audit is available through MyUCLA and on request from the Undergraduate Program Student Services Office, 3250 Public Affairs Building. Students should review their Degree Audit with an undergraduate adviser to ensure that all requirements will be satisfied.
School of Theater, Film, and Television
The Degree Audit is available through MyUCLA for students who entered Fall Quarter 2012 and later. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2012 should make an appointment with a departmental counselor in the Student Services Office, 103 East Melnitz Building. Students entering as freshmen receive a written degree check on achieving junior standing; those entering as juniors receive a degree check on entry. A student may initiate or request an updated degree check by making an appointment with the departmental counselor.