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Time Limits

Graduate programs must be completed within a specified time period. In general, master's degree and certificate programs must be completed within six years, specialist programs must be completed within seven years, and doctoral programs must be completed within eight years. If your program requires completion earlier than the general graduate policy, the information will be listed in the program description in the Graduate Catalog.

If your program's requirements have changed since you last attended, you may be eligible to complete the requirements in effect when you began the program.

To request an exception to the policy for additional time for degree completion, you must complete a Graduate Student Request form and submit it to your advisor.

  • Follow the instructions for supplemental information on the form.
  • Requests are reviewed on an individual basis by student/program versus an across-the-board approach.
  • A copy of the Graduate Program Director and Registrar's decision will be mailed to the student and the department.
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