COVID-19 Doctoral Time Limit Extension
Current Graduate School policy on time limits states that a candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within 5 years after passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.
To offer flexibility
amidst the major disruption that COVID-19 may have had on doctoral candidates’
research and scholarship progress, students who achieved dissertator status by
the end of the 2020 summer term have automatically had the 5 year time limit extended
by 8 months. Dissertators given this 8 month extension who need more time due
to continued COVID related disruption to their progress may request a further
extension from the Graduate School. Decisions to extend the deadline
beyond the additional 8 months are made on a case-by-case basis upon request of
the student and their advisor. Students requesting an extension need to
submit the request, along with a letter of support from their advisor, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flexibility on program-specific time limits: Students also face program-specific time limits, and the Graduate School encourages programs to be flexible on these time limits during these difficult times for the students.