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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, in professional practice, in analytical structures, and in technological applications to scholarship and professional practice require continuous adaptation and change in undergraduate programs. University undergraduate programs accord emphasis to preparing skilled, systematic, and informed practitioners equipped both to employ contemporary methods, techniques, and technologies and to systematically assess emerging methods, techniques, and technologies.

Consequently, admitted undergraduate 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 previously completed course work or to complete course work not required at the time of their initial admission. Students are cautioned that, ordinarily, the applicability of undergraduate 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 Academic Dean upon the recommendation of the appropriate undergraduate program director should special circumstances be established to exist. These special circumstances relate only to the currency and applicability of work completed.

Updated 3/27/2012

Academic Catalog 15-16