Time to Degree and Extensions

The Board of Trustees stipulates that all degree requirements must be completed within a defined span of years starting from the date of matriculation into the degree program, regardless of whether students are full time or part time. This span is 5 years (7 years if student’s entry term was prior to autumn 2007) for the master’s degree and 9 years for the doctorate degree. Under extenuating circumstances, a program may petition the Director of the Graduate School, on behalf of the student, for extension of the time limit for attaining his or her degree. Prior to the program petitioning the Graduate School for an extension, the student must communicate with his or her program advisor and/or director to review his or her degree completion to date and form a plan for degree completion. All this information should be included in a petition submitted to the Director of the Graduate School who will review this petition and make a final decision.

Students who have not completed degree requirements by their time-to-degree limit are on inactive status regardless of course registration in each academic year. Such students are required to apply for an extension of their time-to-degree and for reinstatement if they wish to continue in their program.