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MFA Student Resources

Updated August 2018

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How-to

Apply for Candidacy

Please make an appointment with the MFA graduate coordinator (mfawriting@ucsd.edu).

 

Employment and Financial Support

Enrollment and Registration

Petitioning

Residency

Portals

  • Gradforms – graduate appointment letter, annual evaluation, Grad Division petitions (leaves, withdrawal)
  • Residency – check your residency status
  • Parking – buy a permit, contest a citation
  • TritonCash  – set up or add money to your account
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  • WebMail – check your UCSD email account
  • VPN (web-based version) – create protected connection to UCSD from remote location (required for using secured resources such as digital library materials)
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Timelines

Quarterly

  • Check enrollment calendar and note the deadlines to—
    • Pay registration bill without late fees
    • Withdraw from UCSD with full refund
    • Add / drop / change course enrollment in WebReg
    • Drop without a "W" on transcript
  • Register fulltime (12 units) at least two weeks before quarterly billing statement appears in TritonLink to have TA fee remissions applied to registration bill before it's due
  • Enroll in the required theory seminar if offered (LTTH 250 or 255)
  • Discuss description of TA duties with course instructor
  • Review degree progress with MFA graduate coordinator (recommended)
  • Petition MFA program director to use courses outside of Literature for degree, if applicable
  • Download and review teaching evaluations; seek mentoring or training to address any significant deficiencies
  • Arrange to meet with primary faculty advisor to discuss degree progress and professional development
  • Participate in TA training workshops
  • Attend MFA cohort meeting

Year 1

August / September / October 

  • Apply for TA loan and fee deferments if desired (August)
  • Begin establishing California residency for tuition purposes if applicable
  • Attend new student and TA orientations (September-October)
  • Complete TA payroll paperwork by first day of Fall quarter 
  • Create a professional development plan in consultation with faculty advisor (recommended)
  • Apply for Winter quarter research award if funds are available (October)

January / February / March

  • Apply for Summer quarter research award if funds are available (March)
  • Participate in annual graduate student self-evaluation process (March)

April / May / June

  • Apply for TAships for next academic year (April)
  • Select and confirm thesis committee chairperson and compile list of prospective committee members 
  • Give public reading of first year's work (May)
  • Submit preliminary thesis and committee proposal (May)
  • Review and sign annual evaluation (May)
  • Prepare to file for California residency for tuition purposes if applicable

Years 2-3

August / September / October 

  • Apply for TA loan and fee deferments if desired (August)
  • Submit summer research report (October)
  • Apply for Winter quarter research award if funds are available (October)
  • Update professional development plan in consultation with faculty advisor (recommended)
  • Submit final thesis and committee proposal if 2nd-year student (November)

January / February / March

  • Apply for Summer research award if funds are available (March)
  • Participate in annual graduate student self-evaluation process if not graduating (March)

April / May / June 

  • Apply for TAships for next academic year if not graduating (April)
  • Review and sign annual evaluation (May)

Candidacy and Graduation (Last Two Quarters)

You may graduate in Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters. Generally, Summer quarter graduation is not an option because the program is on hiatus and faculty are on break.

The deadline to file the application for candidacy, with approval signatures, is the second Friday of the graduation quarter (no exceptions). To prepare for this deadline, make an appointment with the MFA graduate coordinator 1-2 quarters before the graduating quarter.

February

March

  • Make an appointment with the MFA graduate coordinator to prepare your application for candidacy and confirm that you will complete remaining degree requirements during Spring quarter.  
  • Sign up to participate in graduate commencement (optional).
  • Resolve any “Incomplete” grades from Fall quarter.
  • Ask an MFA faculty member to hood you at the commencement ceremony; give them plenty of notice to save the date and order their regalia.

April

  • Meet with the MFA graduate coordinator during the first week of the quarter to finalize application for candidacy and route it for approval signatures.
  • Submit application for candidacy to Grad Division by the deadline to file for a Spring degree. [Summer graduates should file by the Spring date as well because faculty may not be available during the summer to sign degree paperwork.]
  • Once Grad Division notifies you that your committee has been approved, schedule the preliminary thesis review (note that you must upload your formatted thesis at the meeting; see formatting manual for instructions).
  • Schedule your thesis discussion with your committee to take place in April or May (MFA graduate coordinator will reserve a meeting room).
  • Send your committee members your final thesis manuscript at least 2 weeks before your discussion date.

May

  • Do a public presentation of your final project (the MFA Program will schedule the event).
  • Hold the thesis discussion. (Obtain the Final Report form from the MFA graduate coordinator minutes before the discussion and return it to them—with all committee members’ signatures—immediately after the discussion.)
  • Schedule your final meeting with the Grad Division.

June

  • Upload the final version of your thesis.
  • On the day of your final meeting with the Graduate Division, obtain the Final Report of the Modified Thesis - Plan III, with approval signatures, from the MFA graduate coordinator; take the Final Report to the Cashier’s Office (to be stamped) and pay the filing fee; submit the Final Report and other paperwork to Grad Division.
  • Update your mailing address in TritonLink (for mailing your diploma).

Student Handbook

This section comprises the MFA student handbook. Please familiarize yourself with its contents during your first quarter in the program.The handbook supplements the student information provided on the Graduate Division and TritonLink sites.

General Reminders

  • Seek advising regularly.
  • Keep primary faculty advisor informed of progress, pressing or looming decisions, and any emerging difficulties in course of study.
  • Maintain good academic standing and eligibility for financial support.
  • Establish California residency for tuition purposes during first year, if eligible, to avoid owing nonresident tuition in sequent years.
  • Meet enrollment and registration deadlines (see Enrollment Calendar).
  • Meet candidacy and graduation deadlines (see Candidacy timeline above).
  • Review TA evaluations at the end of each quarter; seek training or mentoring to address any deficiencies (see Teaching Resources).

Topics

MFA Program Director
Anna Joy Springer

MFA Graduate Coordinator
Tania Mayer
(858) 534-8849
mfawriting@ucsd.edu

Mailing Address
UC San Diego
Literature Dept / MFA Program
9500 Gilman Drive #0410
La Jolla, CA 92093-0410