Graduate Degree Requirements

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers graduate degree programs in Art, Dance, Drama, and Music.

Degree check lists for each program are in PDF format below. These degree requirements are pulled from the UCI Catalogue and reflect the 2020-2021 academic year. Degree checklists from previous years are listed here.


M.F.A. in Art


M.F.A. in Dance


M.F.A. in Drama


Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre (joint program with UCSD)


M.F.A. in Music


Ph.D. in Music



Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement-to-candidacy signifies that the student has completed their coursework and other requirements and is ready to move forward to the dissertation phase for doctoral students or the thesis/comprehensive exam phase for master’s students. University policy requires students to advance to candidacy at least one quarter before they can earn the degree. Master's students will receive advancement to candidacy paperwork from the graduate student coordinator during the beginning of Winter quarter in their final year of the program. Doctoral students will work with their faculty advisor and thesis committee chair to advance to candidacy. 


Class of 2021 MFA Advancement to Candidacy Info Sessions

If you are planning to complete your MFA degree in spring 2021, summer 2021, or fall 2021, there will be virtual information sessions to go over the process and answer any questions you may have. Registration is required to attend.

If you were unable to attend the presentations, you can view it here.