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Welcome to Graduate Studies at University of Western California! Our programs offer an immersive and engaging means to both investigate your chosen field and expand your academic knowledge. Your graduate education from UWC will prepare you for successful careers and contribute to leading-edge research. Our goal is to help you become a well-rounded, creative and ethical individual and researcher who will contribute to the betterment of society.

Graduate Studies Forms

  • Approval for Thesis Supervision
  • Thesis Processing Assessment
  • Changing Thesis Supervisor
  • Submission to Turnitin
  • Request to Restrict the Circulation of Thesis
  • Thesis Defense Approval
  • Formation of Thesis Defense Committee
  • Non-Disclosure Thesis Defense Deliberations
  • Thesis Title and Approval
  • Thesis Title Change Form
  • Thesis Defense Evaluation
  • PHD Defense External Examiner
  • Thesis Re-examination
  • Withdrawal from Thesis Supervision
  • Approval for Thesis Research Proposal
  • Thesis and Major Research Paper Copyright
  • License (original copy required)

Eligibility for Graduate Faculty Status

  • All UWC Faculty members and non-UWC Faculty members in federated departments and joint graduate degree programs are automatically members of the UWC Graduate Faculty.
  • Instructional Staff (e.g., research professors, university lecturers, visiting professors, professors of practice, adjunct faculty) and Faculty may be appointed to the Graduate Faculty for renewable terms of five years. Appointment is made by the Dean on the recommendation of the Graduate Faculty members of a Department, academic unit, or interdisciplinary graduate program. Qualifications for appointment include a doctoral degree or accepted terminal degree in the relevant field and evidence of appropriate scholarly activity such as peer-reviewed journal publications, publication of scholarly books or book chapters, editorial activities, externally funded research grants, or the equivalent.

Privileges and Responsibilities of Graduate Faculty

  • All UWC Faculty members are eligible to serve as primary advisors for PhD dissertations and masters theses and as chairpersons of PhD dissertation committees.
  • Other Graduate Faculty members may have primary responsibility for delivery of graduate courses, serve on PhD dissertation and masters thesis committees, and serve as co-advisors of masters theses, but they are not eligible to serve as primary advisors or co-advisors for PhD dissertations, or as primary advisors for masters theses, or to chair doctoral dissertation committees, unless approved by the Graduate Faculty of the relevant Department, academic unit, or interdisciplinary graduate program.