In the quarter-century since the award of its first Ph.D. degree, the advances in graduate training and research at Los Angeles transformed a relatively unknown branch of the University into its second major campus. With a rich academic heritage from Berkeley, an eminent faculty, and the educational and cultural demands of a burgeoning population in southern California, the essential elements for notable achievement were present at Los Angeles from the beginning.
Three years later, in 1936, granting of the Ph.D. degree was authorized, with doctoral programs approved in three departments. The first Ph.D. degree was awarded in 1938, to Kenneth P. Bailey in the Department of History. By this time, the Los Angeles campus total student population was 7,911, seven departments had Ph.D. programs, and graduate enrollment had increased to 538. Twenty years later, in 1958, the total student population amounted to 16,488 and graduate enrollment numbered 4,310. That year, 686 master's degrees and 135 doctoral degrees were awarded.
In 1958, Dean Gustave O. Arlt, professor of German, succeeded Dean Knudsen, after serving in graduate affairs at Los Angeles continuously for over 30 years. His dedication and wisdom were similarly significant influences in the growth and maturation of graduate education on the Los Angeles campus. After his retirement in 1962, Dean Emeritus Arlt continued to serve higher education as a major founding figure and first president of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States.
Dean Horace W. Magoun, professor of anatomy, succeeded Dean Arlt in 1962, on the threshold of another period of unprecedented expansion and development in graduate education on the campus. As of fall, 1965, the total student population at the Los Angeles campus was 25,676, of whom 700 were graduate students. In 1964-65, 1,435 master's and 306 doctoral degrees were awarded. As of the mid-1960s, the southern "twig" of the University of California, as it was described 30 years earlier, was rapidly approaching its projected role in the state's Master Plan of Higher Education of 27,500 students, with 12,500 (45 per cent) of them in graduate and professional fields.
With this growth of research, departmental activities were supplemented by the development of organized research units, around which interdisciplinary programs of graduate education increasingly began to flow. Further, since more than two thirds of the Los Angeles campus' doctoral graduates pursued subsequent academic careers, concern was related to preservation of a balance of emphasis in graduate education at Los Angeles as a preparation for career obligations both in research and in undergraduate teaching.
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