Mar 21, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Time-to-Degree Extension for Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation

Masters or doctoral student time limitation (see Time Limitations policy) may be extended through written petition. The program coordinator on behalf of the student, no later than the first day of the month of the student’s time-to-degree expiration date, makes the request to the assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR). The request must include justification for the extension, requested amount of time, and timeline of tasks to degree completion. Official documentation to justify the request for the extension and the amount of time may be required by the assistant dean to support the request.


No time extensions are considered for doctoral students unless all degree requirements other than dissertation (including the approval of the research topic and IRB, if needed) have been completed by the expiration of the seven-year time limit (see Time Limitations policy).


Students should discuss the justification for an extension with their program coordinator and the eligibility criteria. The assistant dean of the SGSR will review all documentation submitted, thesis/dissertation progress, and time-to-degree limitations. The assistant dean will render a decision and convey the decision in writing to the student, program coordinator, and thesis/dissertation chair.