Academic Policies and Procedures

Time Limits

Graduate degrees are awarded, in part, for completion of current coursework. Students who break enrollment from their graduate program may risk losing all credits earned prior to their absence.

Master’s degree: students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence.

Doctoral degree: students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence.

Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; however that coursework will not count toward Graduate School credit requirements. Although the program may count the coursework students did before their absence towards the program requirements, the Graduate School does not count that work toward the Graduate School's minimum graduate residence, degree, and coursework (50%) credit requirements.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within 5 years after passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

A student's program may appeal these time limits through a written request to the Graduate School Degree Coordinator. The appeal should provide information demonstrating that the student has remained current in the field of study. This information may include a resume showing applicable work experience and/or official transcripts from other schools attended.

See Effective Dates, Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement, Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement, Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement, Preliminary Examinations, Readmission to Graduate School (for previously enrolled graduate students)

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