Current Graduate Student Resources

Current MS Students

MS Degree Planner (pdf)

  • Program of Study
  • The program of study will be developed and approved for each student by the Graduate Advisor in consultation with the student. This is a M.S. Plan II program (no thesis). A minimum of 44 units is required (of which at least 18 must be at the graduate level, according to university regulations). A comprehensive final examination in the major subject is required of each candidate. 

    See typical timelines on the MS Program in Statistics page.

    Full-time students must enroll in 12 units per quarter including research, academic and seminar units. Courses that fulfill any of the program course requirements may not be taken S/U unless the course is normally graded 
    S/U. Once course requirements are completed, students can take additional classes as needed, including a research class (299), seminars, or additional electives, approved by your faculty Graduate Advisor.

    Per UC regulations, students should not ordinarily enroll in more than 12 units of graduate level courses (200) or more than 16 units of combined undergraduates and graduate level (100, 200, 300) courses per quarter.
  • Registering for classes
  • Registration Calendar

    What is Pass 1 & Pass 2? 

    During Pass 1:
          a) There are no wait lists. So if a course is full, students cannot enroll without obtaining a Permission to Add number (PTA). You can e-mail the instructor for permission to add, and if granted, that program's Coordinator will generate a PTA number for you to enroll. 
          b) Many courses are restricted during Pass 1 (ie some STA or ECS courses). If you find, after looking the course up via the Class Search Tool, that the course has seats available, then this is what is blocking your enrollment.  Contact the instructor to obtain a PTA # (Permission to Add).

    During Pass 2:
          Wait lists are made available, and most program-based Pass 1 restrictions lift. This means you should be able to enroll without permission in that out-of-Stats graduate course you were considering, but if the class is full, you should still contact the instructor. Grad courses can be small enough that wait lists aren't very effective, and it encourages building relationships with faculty when you contact them as well.

    - When asked to fill out a prerequisite petition in Schedule Builder and you have satisfied the prerequisites from another institution, include:
               - The name and number of the course that satisfies the prereq (ECS 42)
               - Final grade
               - Name of college/university where you took the class
               - When you took the class (Winter 2017)
               - Additional information or any supporting documentation (syllabus &/or copy of transcript)
               NOTE: Once you submit the petition, you cannot edit it. If you need to edit, contact the instructor directly.  Don't forget to click REGISTER after creating the petition!

    MORE INFO on the Graduate Studies site: How to register, late enrollment, adding & dropping, etc.
  • Registering for Computer Science (ECS) classes
  • Statistics students can start registering for most Computer Science courses during Pass 2.

    List of Computer Science courses
    List of Math courses


    Approved ECS Courses for MS in Statistics, Data Science track:
     

    Approved ECS Course                                             Prerequisites
    ECS 120 Theory of computation                               ECS 020 or MAT 108; ECS 32B or ECS 36C Recommended
    ECS 122A  Algorithm Design and Analysis               ECS 020 AND one of: ECS 060 or ECS 032B or ECS 036C
    ECS 122B Algorithm Design and Analysis                ECS 122A AND one of: ECS 060 or ECS 034 or ECS 036C

    ECS 130 Scientific computing                                  (ECS 030 or ENG 006 or ECS 032A or ECS 010 or ECS 036A); (MAT 022A or MAT 067)
    ECS 140A Programming languages                         ECS 050; (ECS 060 or ECS 032B or ECS 036C); ECS 020; ECS 150
    ECS 165A Database Systems                                    ECS 060 or ECS 032B or ECS 036C
    ECS 165 B Database Systems                                   ECS 165A; (ECS 060 or ECS 034 or ECS 036C)
    ECS 170  Intro to Artificial Intel                                ECS 060 or ECS 032B or ECS 036C
    ECS 240 Programming languages                            ECS 140A; ECS 142
    ECS 289G  Special topics in AI                                  Consent of Instructor
       NOTE: ECS 171 (Machine Learning) is no longer available to graduate students. A non-major version is being developed (May 2022)


    When asked to fill out a prerequisite petition in Schedule Builder and you have satisfied the prerequisites from another institution, include:
               - The name and number of the course that satisfies the prereq (ie ECS 42)
               - Final grade
               - Name of college/university where you took the class
               - When you took the class (ie Winter 2017)
               - Additional information or any supporting documentation (syllabus &/or copy of transcript)
               NOTE: Once you submit the petition, you cannot edit it. If you need to edit, contact the instructor directly.  Don't forget to click REGISTER after creating the petition!

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Every M.S. Plan II student needs to pass a comprehensive exam, to continue in the program. The M.S. Comprehensive Examination is a written examination taken at the end of the Winter quarter (during Spring Break) upon completion of STA 200A, STA 200B, STA 206 and STA 207. The examination may include the use of statistical software and may be offered in a computer lab.  If a student does not attempt the examination upon completion of those courses it will be counted as not passing the comprehensive exam.

    Should a student not pass the written comprehensive exam, the student will be offered a second comprehensive examination in the Spring quarter following the first attempt. If a student does not attempt the second comprehensive exam, it will be counted as a failure.

    Failure to pass the comprehensive exam at the second attempt will result in a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies for disqualification of the student from the graduate program.

    For students who entered the graduate program as Ph.D. students but subsequently change their degree objective to the M.S. program, passing the STA 232AB part of the program’s pre-qualifying Ph.D. written exam is considered as passing the comprehensive exam.
  • Getting Ready to Graduate - Forms & timeline
  • Plan II M.S. Candidates (that's you!) file an Advancement to Candidacy form after completing approximately one-half of their course requirements (or once your degree plan is set) and at least one quarter before completing all their degree requirements.  

    AFTER COMPLETING HALF OF COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
    1 - Candidacy form - fill out and send to Andi (ask Andi for a list of your courses!).  
    2 -
    Pay the candidacy fee and send Andi the email receipt

    DUE THE QUARTER OF GRADUATION:

    3 - Exit form - fill out and send to Andi
    4 - Take the
    department exit survey - We'd love your input and want to keep in touch!

  • I Graduated, Now What?!

  • Congratulations!  All of that hard work paid off!  Here are some FAQs to hopefully answer, "Now what?"

    Q: Will I be notified about my graduation?  What happens with all of that candidacy & graduation paperwork I turned in?
    A: Your graduation paperwork will be processed by the Graduate Studies office and you'll receive an email with confirmation of your degree and a conferral letter approximately a month after the quarter ends. 

    Q: When will I get my diploma?
    A: Diplomas are mailed about 4 months after the quarter ends.  In the degree confirmation email Graduate Studies sends out, there will be instructions about the diploma.  But, if you want to get a head start, please see the information on the Registrar's siteFill out the diploma mailing address change form at the end of the quarter (at least one month before the diploma will be distributed (see distribution dates here). 

    Q: Can I keep my UC Davis email address?
    A: Graduates after 2009 will continue to have access to their UC Davis email account, although technical support converts from the campus' IT Express to Google.
     

    If you want to discontinue your UC Davis email account and redirect future incoming emails to a different email account, fill out a request form on the IET website to redirect your UC Davis emails to an external email address of your choice.

    If your deadline to retain a UC Davis email address has lapsed, you may obtain an alumni email account by becoming a CAAA member and contacting member services to set up an email account.

    Existing DavisMail account holders may use this link to access their UC Davis email account.

 

Current PhD Students

PhD Degree Planner (pdf)

  • Program of Study
  • This degree is offered under Plan A which specifies a five member (minimum) dissertation/final examination committee and a final oral examination (defense of the dissertation). 

    A Ph.D. student will select an area of specialization and will choose a major dissertation advisor from Graduate Program in Statistics (GPS) faculty working in that area, usually in the second or third year of study. The student's program of study will be developed by the student jointly with the Graduate Advisor. 
  • Qualifying Exam Committee & Dissertation Committee
  • The qualifying exam committee will be appointed in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Council and Office of Graduate Studies at the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor who consults with the student prior to making the recommendation. The major professor is not eligible to serve as chair of the examining committee.

    Dissertation Committee: the student, in consultation with their major professor, nominates five qualified faculty members to serve on the Dissertation Committee. These nominations are submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for formal appointment in accordance with Graduate Council Policy (DDB 80. Graduate Council B.1.). The major professor serves as Chair of the committee.
  • Advising Structure & Mentoring
  • The major professor is the faculty member who supervises the research and dissertation; this person serves as the Chair of the Dissertation Committee.
    The Master Graduate Advisor is identified by the chair of the program from among the appointed Graduate Advisors, assists graduate students in developing a study plan, and has signatory authority for the Master’s and Ph.D. programs.  Statistics Mentoring Guidelines can be found here.
  • Advancement to Candidacy
  • The student is eligible for advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D. degree upon completion of all course requirements and after passing the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, normally in the fifth quarter. 
    Fill out the Plan A candidacy form.  Pay the $90 fee online.  Send the form and receipt to Sarah Driver (sbdriver@ucdavis.edu) in the Grad Office.
  • PhD Pre-Qualifying Written Examination
  • The Ph.D. Pre-qualifying Written Examination will be given at the beginning of each Spring & Fall quarter. Students in the Ph.D. program must attempt the exam in the Spring quarter immediately after they complete both the STA 231AB and STA 232AB core course series. If a student does not attempt the examination at this time, it will be recorded as a ‘no pass’. Every Ph.D. student needs to pass the examination in a maximum of two attempts. In case of not pass at the first attempt, the second attempt must take place at the next time the examination is offered, and if a student does not attempt the exam at that time, it will be counted as a failure. Two ‘not passes’ of the examination will result in a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies for discontinuation of the student in the Ph.D. program.

    The qualifying exam committee will be appointed in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Council and Graduate Studies at the recommendation of the Graduate Advising Committee.  When you are preparing for your Qualifying Exam please fill out the QE Request Form and the Graduate Advising Committee will assign your committee.  Your intended major professor is not eligible to serve as the chair of your committee.

    The Ph.D. Pre-qualifying Written Examination is a written exam with two separate parts: a theoretical part and an applied part. The duration of each part is about 3-4 hours. The applied part may be offered in a computer lab and may include the use of statistical software. If at the first attempt one part is passed but the other is not, only the part which was not passed must be repeated at the next attempt.

    The Chair of the Graduate Program in Statistics (GPS) will appoint an examination committee that will be responsible for preparing, administering and grading the examination. This committee will forward its recommendation to the GPS, which will make the final decision on each student.
  • Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (QE) is an oral exam whose purpose is to determine if the student is capable of independent research. The QE will be composed of a forty-five minute presentation given by the student and is followed by a question period which covers a special research topic as well as coursework in general. A student who passes the QE is eligible for advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The QE is expected to be attempted within one year from the quarter in which the student passes the Ph.D. Pre-qualifying Written Examination, but no later than the end of the student’s third year of the Ph.D. program. In consultation with the Dissertation Adviser, the student will submit to the Graduate Advising Committee (GAC) a date for the exam and a dissertation proposal.

    1.    The dissertation proposal should be between three and five pages in length and should contain an outline of the general context of the thesis research, a description of the special problem(s) to be addressed, and an indication of the methods and techniques to be used.
    2.    A draft version of the proposal must be submitted to the GAC for the purpose of determination of the composition of the QE committee at least 6 weeks before the proposed date of the exam. The student must submit a final version of the proposal to the QE committee a week before the exam date.
    3.    Based on the proposal, the GAC will recommend the appointment of a committee of five examiners to Graduate Studies (in consultation with the student and the student’s Dissertation Adviser). Normally the exam committee with be composed of four members from the Department of Statistics. Per Graduate Council guidelines, at least one member must be external to the Graduate Program in Statistics. The student’s intended Dissertation Adviser (and/or co-adviser) is not eligible to serve on the Qualifying Examination committee.

    A student who passes the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination is eligible for Advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The student must file the appropriate paperwork with the Office of Graduate Studies and pay the candidacy fee to be promoted to Candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
  • Dissertation & Final Examination (Dissertation Defense)
  • The doctoral dissertation is an essential part of the Ph.D. program. A topic will be selected by the student, under the advice and guidance of a major professor (thesis adviser) and the dissertation committee chaired by the major professor. Students are encouraged to begin some research activity as early as possible during the second year of their graduate studies. The dissertation must contain an original contribution of publishable quality to the knowledge of statistics that may expand the theory or methodology of statistics, or expand or modify statistical methods to solve a critical problem in applied disciplines. Acceptance of the dissertation by three designated members of the dissertation committee follows Graduate Studies guidelines (Plan A with defense). The dissertation must be completed and submitted to the dissertation committee prior to taking the final examination. Students should be guided on matters of style by the chair and members of the thesis/dissertation committee. Graduate Studies is not concerned with the form of the bibliography, appendix, footnotes, etc. as long as they are done in some acceptable, consistent and recognized manner approved by your committee. 
    For more information about the filing process, refer to the Graduate Studies site

    Defense of the dissertation before the dissertation committee will constitute the final examination for the Ph.D. degree. The final examination must be passed within four years after promotion to Candidacy, unless a special exception is granted. Pass or no pass is determined by a vote of the dissertation committee. The title and abstract of the Ph.D. Defense presentation must be submitted to the graduate program coordinator one week ahead of the defense. This will be distributed to all faculty and students of the Graduate Program in Statistics, who are invited to attend the presentation portion of the examination. The subsequent question period is a closed session between the student and the committee.
  • Getting your MS Degree Along the Way
  • Once you pass the PhD Preliminary exam, you have the option to file to receive your MS degree in Statistics.  Here's the process:

    AFTER PASSING THE PRELIM EXAM:
    1 - Candidacy form - fill out and send to Andi (abcarr@ucdavis.edu; ask Andi for a list of your courses, if needed)
    2 -
    Pay the $55 candidacy fee and send Andi the email receipt
    3 - Tell Andi the date of your Prelim exam and the name of the exam Chair

    4 - Exit form - fill out and send to Andi even though you are not actually exiting (write "continuing PhD student" on the form)

    NOTE: If you are an international student, please consult with SISS before applying for your MS.  There may be implications for OPT and it may be best to wait and get your MS at the same time as your PhD.

  • Filing to Graduate
  • Graduate Studies has a comprehensive guide to filing your dissertation here.  Fill out this Department exit survey.  We'd love your input and want to keep in touch!
  • I Graduated, Now What?!
  • Congratulations!  All of that hard work paid off!  Here are some FAQs to hopefully answer, "Now what?"

    Q: Will I be notified about my graduation?  What happens with all of that candidacy & graduation paperwork I turned in?
    A: Your graduation paperwork will be processed by the Graduate Studies office and you'll receive an email with confirmation of your degree and a conferral letter approximately a month after the quarter ends. 

    Q: When will I get my diploma?
    A: Diplomas are mailed about 4 months after the quarter ends.  In the degree confirmation email Graduate Studies sends out, there will be instructions about the diploma.  But, if you want to get a head start, please see the information on the Registrar's siteFill out the diploma mailing address change form at the end of the quarter (at least one month before the diploma will be distributed (see distribution dates here). 

    Q: Can I keep my UC Davis email address?
    A: Graduates after 2009 will continue to have access to their UC Davis email account, although technical support converts from the campus' IT Express to Google.
     

    If you want to discontinue your UC Davis email account and redirect future incoming emails to a different email account, fill out a request form on the IET website to redirect your UC Davis emails to an external email address of your choice.

    If your deadline to retain a UC Davis email address has lapsed, you may obtain an alumni email account by becoming a CAAA member and contacting member services to set up an email account.

    Existing DavisMail account holders may use this link to access their UC Davis email account.


Funding and Financial Support

Academics & Registration

  • Academic Information from Grad Studies at UCD
  • Full-time students must register for 12 units per quarter including research, academic and seminar units. Courses that fulfill any of the program course requirements may not be taken S/U unless the course is normally graded 
    S/U.

    Information on how to register, late enrollment, etc.

    Academic Services from Grad Studies (registration, finishing your degree & filing deadlines, academic probation, policies and forms!)
  • PELP, In Absentia & Filing Fee
  • Cheat sheet below.  More information found for PELP & Filing Fee and In Absentia on the Graduate Studies site.
     
      In Absentia PELP Filing Fee
     

    Indep Research or enrolled at another Univ outside of CA.

    Planned Education Leave Program: Suspend academic work for personal reasons.

    Dissertation is in final draft form. Must graduate at the end of the quarter.
    Benefit? Reduced fees while out of CA doing research or finishing diss. No fees while you take a break from the program for various personal reasons. Reduced fees while finalizing diss & paperwork to graduate.
    Deadline to Apply 10th day of instruction 10th day of instruction 1st day of the quarter
    Keep SHIP? Yes May purchase health cards that entitle you to full student health benefits for 1 quarter**. Yes
    Duration allowed? 6 Qtrs for PhD, 3 Qtrs for Masters 3 (new grad students not eligible); Extension may be requested.

    One quarter. Extensions rare, case by case.

    Eligibility PhDs must be AC; MS must be 2nd year. All Must be AC.
    Fees 15% of tuition, 15% of Stud Svcs Fee, Full SHIP, Full out-of-state fees. No fees - not a registered status. $162
    Summer, too? No, only F/W/S NA No
    Eligible to receive fellowship? Yes No No fellowships or financial aid.
    Academic Appt?

    GSR: Yes; TA/AI/Reader/Tutor: No

    No Yes: GSR or TA/AI/Reader/Tutor
    Misc No in-person collab with UC faculty  

    If you go on FF in Spring, you could file in Sept. 

    Must be a registered student in prior quarter (not PELP).

    FF at same time? Yes No  
    Registered Student? Yes No (do not register) No

    ** If students are out of the area, they may purchase an optional health insurance plan to provide coverage. If students intend to continue UC SHIP benefits, they must notify Student Health & Counseling Services before the first day of the quarter in which PELP status begins.

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