​Master's Programs

Graduate students in master's programs are expected to complete their program degree requirements within a six-year period from the first registration date for a course in the program.  When a graduate student fails to finish before the end of the sixth year, the department or program director may recommend, on receipt of the student's petition, in writing, an extension of time with or without additional courses, examinations, or other conditions. 

Doctoral Programs

For graduate students in a doctoral program, the time limits to complete the requirements for the Ph.D. are 1) between admission to the doctoral program and admission to candidacy: not more than four years; and 2) between admission to candidacy and the final examination: not less than eight months, and not more than five years.  When a graduate student fails to finish before the end of the student's fourth year prior to candidacy or his or her fifth year post-candidacy, the department or program director may recommend, on receipt of the student's petition, in writing, an extension of time with or without additional courses, examinations, or other conditions.