Leave of Absence

A student in good academic standing may request a leave of absence from doctoral study for up to one year for any of the following reasons: childbearing, adoption, illness, critical care of child, spouse or parent, or job related interruptions.

To be eligible for a leave of absence, a student must not have received an extension of the time limit for the degree, must not have any Incomplete (“I”) grades, and must be in good academic standing.

If the leave of absence is approved, the time of that leave will not count against the total time allowed for the degree. Ordinarily, a leave of absence may not be renewed.

To request a leave of absence, a student must complete and submit a Request for Leave of Absence Form and receive approval from the major advisor/dissertation advisor and the program’s graduate director, who forwards the form to the Dean of The Graduate School.

Upon returning from a leave of absence, the student must complete an Application for Graduate Studies.