Time Limit

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed and the degree awarded within a maximum of nine years from the term of full doctoral admission, and within five calendar years from the term after the student passes the preliminary oral examination.

(Example: if the date of admission is Fall 2008, the nine-year time limit ends Summer 2017. If the student in this example is admitted to candidacy in March 2010, the time to degree expires at the end of the spring semester 2015). When extenuating circumstances warrant, the Dean of The Graduate School may grant an extension for one year. The student must complete the Request for Extension of Time Form and receive approval from the major advisor/dissertation chair and the program’s graduate director, who forwards the request to the Dean of The Graduate School.