Doctoral students must complete all program requirements within a ten-year period. The ten-year period starts with the semester and year of admission to the doctoral program. Graduate courses taken prior to admission that are included on the Plan of Study must have been completed within three years of the semester and year of admission to the program (previously awarded master's degrees used on the Plan of Study are exempt).
In addition, the student must defend the dissertation within five years after passing the comprehensive examinations. Therefore, the maximum time limit is the shortest of the following:
Time period since initial enrollment (10 year time limit).
Time after passing the comprehensive exams (5 year time limit).
Any exceptions must be approved by the supervisory committee and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and ordinarily involves repeating the comprehensive examinations. Graduate Education may withdraw students who are unable to complete all degree requirements and graduate within the allowed maximum time limits.