Graduate Time Limit for Degree Completion Policy

Graduate Time Limit for Degree Completion Policy


School for Graduate Studies


Director of Graduate Student Services


Graduate Studies



Effective Date:


Implementation History:

This makes official our practice of many years.


Graduate, Time, Limit, Completion, Degree

Background Information:


To specify the time period for the completion of a graduate degree (master/certificate) and how to request an extension.



The graduate program (masters and/or certificate) must be completed within six years of initial enrollment.  If a student exceeds the six-year time limit, s/he may be permitted to continue if:

  • the head of the student’s program approves continuation, but courses which are older than six years will not be counted toward the degree; or
  • a waiver of the six-year rule is granted by the dean of the School for Graduate Studies. The student needs to make this request in writing and in consultation with his/her academic advisor and program chair/coordinator. The dean will consider the request based upon factors such as special hardship, excellence of work and closeness to completion. The request for a waiver may be sent to the dean at Graduate_Dean’

Applicable Legislation and Regulations

Related References, Policies, Procedures, Forms and Appendices

  • Graduate Minimum Study Policy
  • Graduate Leave of Absence Procedure