The Graduate School imposes limits on the amount of time in which students may complete graduate degrees. This ensures the university awards degrees to students with the most recent and relevant research and information in their fields of study and supports progress toward degrees.
Graduate degrees are awarded, in part, for the completion of credit hours in coursework. A student who breaks enrollment in their graduate program is at risk of earned credits no longer applying toward their degree.
Master's degree: credits earned by students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years will no longer apply toward degree requirements.
Doctoral degree: credits earned by students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years will no longer apply toward degree requirements.
Individual programs may consider the coursework students completed prior to their absence as meeting program requirements; however, that coursework will not count toward the Graduate School’s credit requirements including minimum graduate residence, degree, and coursework (50%) credit requirements.
A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to defend their dissertation (final examination) and deposit the dissertation within 5 years of passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination and seek admission for candidacy a second time.
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