The ATC lists the specific requirements you must complete before your degree can be awarded. Once the ATC is approved, you are advanced to candidacy.
Steps to Completion:
Submit your ATC after completing at least eighteen semester units, but no later than the semester before graduating.
Fill out your ATC online - no handwritten materials accepted.
Have your ATC approved by your adviser and the graduate coordinator of your program, and submit it to the GradStop according to deadlines.
Click on the drop-down to download/view the ATC Forms:
SELECT THE ATC FORM BY PROGRAM ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ Accountancy (with Bachelor in Accountancy) Accountancy (without Bachelor in Accountancy) Anthropology (pre fall 2015) Anthropology (post fall 2015) Art (M.F.A)(pre fall 2018) Art (M.F.A)(post fall 2018) Asian American Studies BECA Biochemistry Biomedical Biotechnology Biomedical Stem Cell Science Biology (Cell and Molecular) (post Fall 2020) Biology (Integrative) (post Fall 2020) Biology (Physiology and Behavioral) (post Fall 2020) Biology (All Concentrations) (prior to 2020 - 2021) Business Analytics Business Administration (MBA) Post Spring 2019 Business Administration (MBA) Pre Spring 2019
Business Administration (EMBA) Chemistry Chinese Cinema (M.F.A) Cinema Studies Classics Communicative Dis. Speech Pathology Communication Studies Comparative Literature Computer Science (Computing and Business) Computer Science (Software Engineering) Computer Science (Computing Life Sciences ) Computer Science (General) Counseling: Career Counseling Counseling: College Counseling Counseling: Gerontological Counseling Counseling: MFCC Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling: School Counseling Creative Writing (M.F.A.) Design Economics Edu: Adult Edu: Educational Administration Edu: Early Childhood Edu: Elementary Edu: Equity & Social Justice Edu: Instructional Tech Edu: Language & Literacy Edu: Mathematics (Elementary Ed) Edu: Mathematics (Secondary Ed) Edu: Secondary Edu: Special Interest Edu: Educational Leadership (2017 Cohort) Engineering (Embedded Electrical & Computer Systems) Engineering (Energy Systems) Engineering (Structural/Earthquake Engineering) English: Creative Writing English: Composition (post Fall 2019) English: Composition (pre Fall 2019) English: Linguistics (post Fall 2019) English: Linguistics (pre Fall 2019) English: Literature (post Fall 2019) English: Literature (pre Fall 2019) English: TESOL (post Fall 2019) English: TESOL (pre Fall 2019) Ethnic Studies Family & Consumer Sciences French Opt1 French Opt2 Geography Geographic Information Science Geography (Res Mgmt Envr Plng) Geosciences German Gerontology History Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies: Marine and Estuarine Sciences International Relations (Academic) International Relations (Professional) Italian Japanese (Professional) Japanese (Teaching) Kinesiology Exercise Kinesiology Movement Kinesiology Physical Marine Science Post 2015 Marine Science Pre 2015 Mathematics Museum Studies Music (Advanced Study) Music (Composition) Music (Music History) Music (Chamber Music) Music (Conducting) Music (Solo Classical Performance) Nursing BSN-MSN Combined Nursing Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Philosophy Political Science Physics Physics (Astronomy) Psychology (Clinical) Psychology (Developmental) Psychology (Industrial) Psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) Psychology (School) Psychology (Social) Public Administration (Pre Fall 2013) Public Administration (admitted on/after Fall 2013) Public Health Recreation Rehab. Counseling Sexuality Studies Social Work (Families) Social Work (Families Title IV-E) Social Work (Pupil Credential) Spanish Special Education Theatre Arts (MA) Theatre Arts (MFA) Women and Gender Studies ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ Generic ATC
For important details on what may be included on your ATC form visit the
Graduate Studies Bulletin.
ATC Coursework Substitutions
Occasionally, programs are unable to offer a course listed in the Bulletin as acceptable for the degree. When this occurs necessary paperwork must be submitted to amend the ATC form.
If an elective course is not offered or you have enrolled in a different elective after submission of the ATC, an ATC Substitution Form is required.
However, if a required core course is not offered, a Petition for Waiver of Graduate Program Regulations must be approved prior to enrolling in substituting course and submitted with the ATC form.
Seven Year Limit
Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations requires that a master’s degree shall be completed in no more than seven years. Coursework expires and cannot be used to meet degree requirements after seven years. You can find when your coursework expires here in the Bulletin using our timeline to
Degree Completion Table.