Higher Education
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Time Limits

The university specifies time limits to complete degrees and certificates.

Full descriptions are provided in the University Catalog. See Graduate Policies in the Academic Policies section of the catalog. Brief versions of the limits are given below for your convenience. The catalog is the authoritative source of information on time limits.

Doctoral Students

Total time to degree will not exceed nine (9) calendar years from the time of first enrollment as a doctoral degree-seeking student. Doctoral students are expected to advance to candidacy in no more than six years and to complete all other degree requirements for graduation in no more than three years from the time of advancement to candidacy.

Master's Students

Master’s degree students have six years from the time of first enrollment as a degree-seeking student to complete their degrees.

Certificate Students

For students pursuing a stand-alone certificate: The time limit for completion is six years from the date of admission to the graduate certificate program.

For students pursuing a certificate in addition to a degree: The time limits coincide with the six-year time limit for master’s degrees or the six-year time limit for advancement to candidacy in a doctoral degree. Master’s and doctoral time limit rules apply.

International Students

International students attending in F-1 or J-1 status may have more restrictive limits than those above. They should contact the Office of International Programs and Services for more information.

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