Beginning in 1996, the University approved the establishment of part-time graduate professional degree programs with no State support, except at start-up or initial point of conversion. These programs are distinguished from:
- regular, full-time, graduate, undergraduate or professional, state-supported programs that charge normal fees;
- regular, part-time, graduate, undergraduate or professional, state-supported programs that charge normal fees adjusted according to Part-time Study Policy (March 1981);
- regular, full-time, professional-only, state-subsidized programs in medicine, law, optometry, business, pharmacy, etc., that charge normal fees plus a fee for selected professional school students, according to Regental Policy (January 1994);
- certificate programs
These programs, by policy, may be undertaken "only when a demonstrated need for a part-time program in a specific field of study exists." Further, these programs are intended as enhancements or enrichments to Berkeley's regular programs. All faculty in the program must be paid directly from the revenue of self-supporting programs in proportion to the faculty member's workload commitment to the program, and in accord with the offering department's normative workload policies, and with campus academic personnel policies. If a program is offered during the summer, or on a year-round basis, additional compensation in accord with established policies may be appropriate for work performed during the summer period. Self-supporting program fees will cover full program costs, including but not limited to faculty instructional costs (including benefits), program support costs (including overhead within a school or college), student services costs, financial aid needs of their students, and campus overhead. Campus overhead is defined as including: academic support (e.g. library), institutional support, and space related costs (e.g., debt service, equipment replacement and maintenance).