Time Limitations for Degrees

Credit applied toward the master’s and education specialist degree must have been earned within the period of six years immediately preceding the time the degree is awarded. Credit applied for the doctoral degree must have been earned within seven years immediately preceding the time the degree is awarded (combined M.D./Ph.D. program limit is ten years). Certificate programs must be completed within four years.

An extension of the time limit for the degree may be requested by a student by written petition to the College of Graduate Studies. Although exceptions may be warranted, students who exceed the norm shall be required to justify in writing their request for an extension. Additional information is located in the Graduate Student Handbook and forms are available on the College of Graduate Studies' website.