Time to Degree and Extensions

The Board of Trustees stipulates a time limitation of 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 from the time of matriculation to graduation, whether part-time or full-time. Under extenuating circumstances, students may petition the Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate School, through their program office, for extension of the time limit for attaining their degree. To apply for an extension, the student must download a Graduate Petition for Reinstatement and/or Extension Form and submit the completed form (signed by his or her adviser) to their graduate program office. The form must include:

  • a description of progress towards degree, including copies of all annual progress reports for the student from his/her thesis/dissertation committee
  • degree completion to date
  • plan for degree completion
  • a letter of support from the graduate program director
  • signatures of the student’s graduate program director, associate dean and faculty adviser

The graduate program office will then submit the petition and required documentation to the Graduate School Office for review by the Director of Graduate Studies.