Graduation Requirements and Regulations

In addition to Major and ERC General Education (GE) requirements, students must meet all the following requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.


Graduation 101: The Difference Between "Graduation" and "Commencement"

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Units to Graduate

  • At least 180 quarter units with a cumulative and major grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
    • 60 units (15 four-unit courses) of which must be at the upper-division level. Lower-division courses are numbered 1 - 99, upper-division courses are numbered 100 - 199.
    • At least 35 of the last 45 units must be taken at UC San Diego to meet the Senior Residency requirement

Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

All students must demonstrate proficiency in English composition. Refer to the Analytical Writing Program website for information on test scores that fulfill the ELWR requirement. 

Students who do not have a test score that fulfills ELWR must take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE). Students who do not pass the AWPE will be placed in AWP 1 or AWP 2A-2B. Students fulfill ELWR when they earn a grade of C or higher in AWP 1 or AWP 2B. The course counts for workload credit for minimum progress and financial aid, but does not count toward graduation credit.

You will not be allowed to enroll in any other writing courses (like MMW) until you fulfill the requirement. You must fulfill ELWR by the end of your third quarter at UC San Diego if you are placed in AWP 1 and your fifth quarter if you are placed in AWP 2A. Exception: Students placed in AWP 2A-2B who do not attempt to successfully complete 2A within the first three quarters will be disqualified.

 AWP 1: Analytical Writing

AWP 1 provides underprepared writers the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing abilities. At the end of AWP 1, students will produce a portfolio of work that will determine their readiness to enter the college writing programs.

AWP 2A: Analytical Writing and Academic English A

AWP 2A is the first of a multi-term course designed to offer students who need extra English language support the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing abilities over two terms.  Students who enroll in AWP 2A are required to enroll in AWP2B in the subsequent term. Students enrolled in AWP 2A will receive a grade of IP (In Progress) at the end of the term and must take AWP 2B the following term, with the same instructor. 

AWP 2B: Analytical Writing and Academic English B

AWP 2B is the second of a multi-term course designed to offer students who need extra English language support the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing abilities over two terms. At the end of AWP 2B, students will produce a portfolio of work that will determine their readiness to enter the college writing programs. If the portfolio demonstrates readiness for College Writing, the student will pass directly to College Writing. If the portfolio does not demonstrate readiness for College Writing, the student will enroll in AWP 1 the following term. Students will not be able to repeat the 2A-2B sequence. Students can take up to three consecutive quarters of AWP 1 after 2A-2B as long as they fulfill ELWR within five quarters.

American History and Institutions (AHI)

A knowledge of American History and federal and state institutions is required of all degree candidates. If you graduated from a California high school your AHI requirement is considered complete. Students from other states may ask the UC San Diego Admissions Office to clear the requirement if they completed comparable course work in high school.

If neither of the above applies to you, please refer to the UC San Diego General Catalog under “Undergraduate Degree Requirements” for courses that can be taken to clear the AHI requirement.

International Students should consult with Academic Advising regarding this requirement.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

A knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion is required of all candidates for a Bachelor's degree who begin their studies at UC San Diego in lower-division standing in Fall 2011 or thereafter, or in upper-division standing in Fall 2013 or thereafter.

  1. This requirement shall be satisfied by passing, with a grade no lower than C- or P, a one-quarter, four-unit course expressly approved by the Committee on Educational Policy for that purpose.
  2. This requirement may be satisfied by presenting proof of having passed a four-unit transfer course at a recognized institution of higher education, community colleges included, that has been articulated and deemed equivalent to one of the courses on the approved DEI list.

For a full list of approved DEI courses, click here.

Courses on this list were reviewed and approved by the Academic Senate. Other courses not on this list may not count towards the DEI requirement. Students cannot petition other courses not on this list to count towards the DEI requirement. UCSD Departments may petition to have courses reviewed by the Academic Senate to be added to the DEI list, but petitions are not guaranteed and may take up to two quarters to review for a decision.

Minimum Progress

  • Completion of 36 units in an academic year towards degree objective requirements to maintain minimum progress and qualify for further registration.
  • Read the Academic Senate policy on minimum progress.

Maximum Unit Limitation

UCSD students are expected to graduate in approximately 4 years if entering as a Freshman, or 2 years if entering as a Transfer. This expectation is enforced by setting a maximum number of units a student may complete before prevention of enrollment occurs. The maximum unit limit is in reference to the Total Units Completed at the top of the Degree Audit (also listed on the Academic History as "Crdts Pssd").

  • Students pursuing a single major may complete no more than 200 units. This allows a student to complete twelve quarters, at 16 units per quarter, with an additional 8 units that can be taking during the Summer or if the student wants to enroll in more than the standard number of units in a given quarter.
  • Students pursuing a double major or a BS degree in Engineering may complete no more than 240 units. ERC reserves the right to require students to rescind their double major if not completed within this unit limitation.
  • Minors are considered optional and are not required for graduation. Approvals are based on the assumption that students will complete all degree requirements within the maximum unit limitation of 200 units for single majors or 240 units for double majors and Engineering BS degrees. ERC reserves the right to require students to rescind minors if not completed within this unit limitation.
  • Pre-career preparation requirements (such as medical school prerequisites) or requirements for a professional or certification program/exam are also considered optional and do not allow for additional units towards the maximum unit limitation.

The following units are not counted towards the maximum unit limitation:

  • Units granted by Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or General Certification of Education Advanced Level (GCE Advanced Level or A-Level) examinations.
  • Study Abroad courses taken through UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP), or Semester at Sea (SAS).
    Note: Global Seminar (GS) courses do count towards the maximum unit limit.
  • Transfer Units
    • Freshman: All transfer units taken before matriculating to UC San Diego are not counted towards the maximum unit limitation.
    • Transfers: Of the transfer units taken before matriculating to UC San Diego, 60 are applied towards the maximum unit limitation. All other units are not counted towards the maximum unit limitation.

Students may submit a Maximum Unit Limitation Appeal to request an exception to exceed the maximum unit limit. The appeal must include a quarter by quarter plan with the minimum time to finish required courses for major, GE, and University requirements towards graduation. Students will not be allowed to exceed the maximum unit limit to:

  • Finish a minor
  • Declare an additional minor
  • Change to a different major if degree requirements in the current major have been majority completed or already completed
  • Declare an additional major if degree requirements in the current major and towards degree requirements have been majority completed or already completed and if significant coursework for the second major (meaning more than 50% of required courses, not including WIP) has not been completed.
  • Complete prerequisites for a graduate or professional school
  • Complete requirements for a professional or certification program/exam

Submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval. Approvals will be determined based on Academic Senate regulations. Max Unit appeals can take up to 2 - 3 weeks to process and holds will remain on records until appeals are processed and finalized.

Keep in mind if you plan on applying for Part-Time Status you will still need to meet the requirements to be approved for Part Time. You must apply by the end of Week 2 of the quarter you plan on going part-time. If you are receiving Financial Aid or if you are an International student, consult with those offices regarding part-time status.

Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) Process

The Degree and Diploma Application (DDA), is online and must be completed by all graduating seniors.  When you submit or file your DDA, you are notifying Eleanor Roosevelt College that you have enrolled for your final quarter at UC San Diego and that you intend to finish all your degree requirements at the end of that quarter. 

The DDA Application can be found at http://degree.ucsd.edu and must be filed for the quarter you plan to graduate. The DDA opens the first day of WebReg for that quarter and ends the last day of finals week for that quarter (e.g. to file a DDA for Spring quarter, you can file the DDA as early as the first day of WebReg for Spring Quarter up until the last Friday of Finals week in Spring Quarter).

 For further information, please watch the DDA How-To Guide below.

Degree and Diploma Application (DDA) How-To Guide

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Timeline To Degree Conferral: Transcript, Degree, and Diploma Information

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