Graduate Regulations

Time Limitations on Degree Completion


The integrity, coherence, and quality of advanced degrees are determined in part by currency of content. Rapid advancements in knowledge, professional practice, analytical structures, and technological applications to scholarship and professional practice require continuous adaptation and change in graduate programs. University graduate programs accord emphasis to preparing skilled, systematic, and informed practitioners equipped both to employ contemporary methods, techniques, and technologies and to systematicallyassess emerging methods, technologies.

Consequently, admitted graduate students are expected to complete their degree programs within five years of the onset of study. Students continuing beyond five years may be required to repeat course work or to complete course work not required at the time of their initial admission. Students are cautioned that ordinarily, the applicability of graduate course work to graduate degrees awarded by the University expires five years after completion.

Waivers of the Five-Year Rule may be made by the Vice President of the Graduate College upon the recommendation of the appropriate graduate dean. Waivers relate only to the currency and applicability of work completed.

Updated 3/27/2012