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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 emphasize preparing skilled, systematic, and informed practitioners equipped to employ and assess contemporary and emerging methods, techniques, and 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.


Doctoral students must complete all degree requirements five years from the date of successful passage of the comprehensive exam.


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


Graduate Catalog 17-18