Identifying the term in which degree requirements will be completed initiates the steps that lead to award of a degree.

Declaration of candidacy and verification of the degree-expected term is processed through MyUCLA. The degree-expected term is the term in which a student expects to complete all degree requirements. A student must declare this term to receive a final degree audit.

Declaring candidacy is not a guarantee of graduation.

A student must identify the term in which completion of degree requirements is expected by the time 160 units (172 units for engineering students) have been completed. The identified term must fall within the academic year or summer session subsequent to the term in which the 160/172 unit limit is reached or expected to be reached.

Candidacy can be declared on MyUCLA or by filing a Declaration of Candidacy form. Current- and past-term candidates over the 160/172 unit limit must use the form if they are not able to update the degree-expected term through MyUCLA. Once over the unit limit, a fee is assessed each time the degree-expected term is changed.

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Note: Current-term candidates are not assigned enrollment appointments for the following term.


The last day to declare candidacy for the current term (with fee depending on units completed) is Friday of the second week of classes, Friday of the second week of A Session for the summer term. After this date, a late fee applies in addition to the candidacy fee. Declaration of candidacy after week two may result in a degree-award date for the following term and additional penalty fees.


Submit the completed declaration in person to the appropriate College or school student services office. College of Letters and Science and Engineering students may also mail or fax the declaration.

In compliance with COVID-19-related safer-at-home orders, Registrar forms cannot be accepted in person at this time. If the service is not available online, send the form by e-mail instead. Contact Registrar’s Office units by e-mail or through the MyUCLA Message Center with questions.

To contact a departmental adviser, see the individual department link.

  • College of Letters and Science
  • Registrar’s Office, 1113 Murphy Hall, or fax to 310-206-4520
  • School of the Arts and Architecture
  • 2200 Broad Art Center
  • Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Registrar’s Office, 1113 Murphy Hall, or fax to 310-206-4520
  • Herb Alpert School of Music
  • 1642 Schoenberg Music Building
  • School of Nursing
  • 2-137 Factor Building
  • Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • 3343 Public Affairs Building
  • School of Theater, Film, and Television
  • 103 East Melnitz Building