Time Allowed to Complete the Doctoral Degree

After you are admitted to a doctoral degree program and have taken at least one approved course, you must complete all degree requirements within a seven-year period. Requests for extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically, no more than two extensions will be granted. An extension is typically for one semester. Students must request an extension in writing. The request must include a timeline and plan for completing the degree. In addition, the chair of the doctoral committee must formally request the extension in writing and include the written request from the student. The Co-Director, David McIntosh, will approve or deny the request. If the request for an extension is approved, the co-director will forward it to the Graduate School for approval. The Graduate School will approve or deny the request. If the request is denied by the Graduate School, the decision is final.