Doctoral 7-year Time Limit

Doctoral students have 7 years from the term of admission in which to complete the doctoral degree. Examples:

  • A student admitted in Fall 2016 must complete the degree by the end of Summer 2023. 
  • A student admitted in Summer 2016 must complete the degree by the end of Spring 2023. 

Students may petition for additional time to complete the degree by submitting the Extension of 7-year Deadline petition. As part of the petition process, students must submit a plan with term-by-term progress milestones. Each quarter, a renewal request must be submitted outlining the progress they have made that quarter and confirming that they are making satisfactory progress on the dissertation.