All requirements for the Master's degree must be fulfilled with courses completed within six calendar years of the graduation date. Credit over six years old must be replaced by new course credit. Exceptions to the time limit must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.
Regular, full-time students are expected to complete their program within five quarters. It is recognized that many off-campus students are not able to take full loads each quarter so their completion may exceed six quarters but they are still expected to complete their program in a timely fashion, normally within 12 quarters (four years). All on-campus students must request an extension to continue their program for any term beyond the sixth quarter, off-campus/part-time students beyond the 12th quarter. This extension request must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Faculty at least four weeks prior to the end of the sixth [12th] quarter or previously approved extension quarter. The extension request must include a discussion of progress toward completing your program (updated discussion if not the first extension request), an anticipated completion date, a statement of support from your advisory committee and department chair. The Associate Dean of Faculty will approve or deny the requests within one week of receipt. Any requests denied will automatically be forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee for reconsideration. The Graduate Studies Committee may request the student to appear before the committee prior to their making a final decision.
A student who has not been registered for one or more quarters, summer not included, before completing their program must request and receive, in writing, approval of the advisory chair and the Associate Dean of the Faculty in order to register for any credit hours.
Any questions concerning rules, procedures, etc., relating to graduate work should be directed to the Associate Dean of the Faculty.