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Time extension request

Ph.D. students

Students admitted and matriculated prior to spring 2013 have the option to continue under the policies in place at the time they were admitted and matriculated or the new Doctoral Degree: Performance Standards and Progress Policy.

5-year time limit for earning the doctoral degree (students admitted and matriculated before spring 2013).   

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed and the degree must be awarded within five years after passing the preliminary oral examination. Students who are unable to complete the degree within the 5-year limit, may file for an extension of up to one additional year. Extensions beyond one year are considered only in the most extraordinary circumstances.

8-year time limit for earning the doctoral degree (students admitted and matriculated spring 2013 and after).   

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed and the degree awarded within eight years after admission and matriculation to the graduate program, or a more restrictive time frame specified by the program. Students who are unable to complete the degree within the time limits described above may petition the program and collegiate unit for one extension of up to 24 months.

Steps to be taken:  File the form with your advisor, then your DGS and the college dean's office for final approval. Your graduate program will notify you of the outcome.

M.S. students

All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed and the degree awarded within the shorter of five calendar years after initial enrollment in the graduate program or the more restrictive time frame specified by the program.

Students who are unable to complete the degree within the time limits described above due to extraordinary circumstances may petition the program and collegiate unit for an extension of up to 12 months. Students must obtain the approval of their advisor/s and program DGS, and submit the petition by the deadline.

  • If a petition is approved, the student is notified in writing of the expectations for progress and for the month/year of degree conferral.
  • If the petition is denied, the student is notified in writing that he or she will be terminated from the graduate program upon expiration of the limit.

Students who have been terminated under such circumstances may apply for readmission to the program, however  readmission is not guaranteed.

Steps to be taken:  File the form with your advisor, then your DGS and the college dean's office for final approval. Your graduate program will notify you of the outcome.