Time Limit

The following guidelines apply to all first-time matriculated students enrolled in the Graduate School.

  • Full-time students must complete all degree requirements within three years.
  • Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within five years.

In exceptional cases where the program cannot be completed within these periods, students may petition for an extension of the time limit. Petitions forms are available on the Graduate School Web site and require the approval of the student’s advisor and graduate program director. Requests for a time-limit extension must be filed before the limit is exceeded and must contain a significant justification. The final decision rests with the dean of the Graduate School, who may impose additional requirements.

The Request for Waiver of Graduate Time Limit form can be found by selecting the forms link from the Graduate School Web site. These petitions require the approval of the student’s advisor and graduate program director. Requests for a time limit extension must be filed before the limit is exceeded and must contain a significant justification. The final decision rests with the dean of the Graduate School, who may impose additional requirements.