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Graduate Policy & Guidelines

The primary role of the Graduate Division is to support and assist graduate students in the pursuit of their graduate degrees. This section of the Graduate Division website is a collection of resources that will aid graduate students in navigating their way towards completing their studies.

Guide to Graduate Policy

The Guide to Graduate Policy is the comprehensive guide to graduate policies and study at UC Berkeley. For your convenience, the Guide is available here in two formats:

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Appointments Guide

The Appointment Guide provides valuable information for faculty and staff working with graduate student academic appointments (Graduate Student Instructor, Graduate Student Researcher, Reader and Tutor) to ensure compliance with policies and procedures established by the Office of the President, the Graduate Council, Academic Personnel, and the Graduate Division. The Appointments Guide also provides detailed information on administration of fee and tuition remission programs.

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Degrees Guide

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Dissertation and Thesis Formatting and Filing Guidelines

The Dissertation Filing Guidelines (for Doctoral Students) provides everything you need to know about preparing, organizing, and filing your Dissertation. Includes sample pages, format guidelines, and electronic filing information.

The Thesis Filing Guidelines (for Master’s Students) is an essential guide for preparing, organizing, and filing your thesis. Includes sample pages, format guidelines, and electronic filing information.

Forms & Applications

Find forms & applications for candidacy, qualifying exams, readmission, filing fees, appeals, and more.