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- or past-term candidates over the 160/172 unit limit must file a declaration form. 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.


Students should submit the completed declaration in person to the appropriate College or school student services office. College of Letters and Science and HSSEAS students may also mail or fax the declaration.

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
School of Theater, Film, and Television 103 East Melnitz Building