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Leave Of Absence

Leaves of Absence (LOA) are available only to continuing graduate students in good standing (for Ph.D. students, a minimum GPA of 3.25; for M.S. students, a minimum GPA of 3.0). Additionally, unless eligible for the Filing Fee in the quarter in which the degree is to be awarded (see Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA for details), a graduate student must either be registered, on official Leave of Absence, or on filing fee status each regular academic quarter until a degree is awarded. A student may submit a petition for 1 to 3 terms of leave, however, cumulatively only a maximum of 3 quarters are allowed.

Acceptable reasons for Leave of Absence are limited to:

    • Outside Employment (US citizens only)
    • Medical
    • Parental Obligations
    • Family Obligations
    • Military
    • Emergency
    • Financial Hardship

As noted in the Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA, failure of students to register as required will constitute presumptive evidence that they have withdrawn without leave from the Graduate Division, and will no longer be considered students at the university.


Before submitting the form to the Graduate Student Affairs Office in Engineering 6 Room 291, you should first:

Obtain the signature of the faculty advisor at the bottom of the page.

Obtain the signature of the Graduate Support staff at 1228 Murphy Hall.

Once this is done, submit the form to the CS Graduate Student Affairs Office by the deadline of the 2nd
week of the quarter.  CS Graduate Student Affairs Office staff will submit the form to the Graduate Division.

The LOA Request and Regulations Regarding Leaves of Absence are available at: