Time Limits and Extensions

M.Sc. thesis students and students completing M.Sc. thesis requirements during their Ph.D., who request an extension past four 15-week semesters require justification and support for an extension. Students requesting a second extension require approval from the dean of graduate affairs. Extension requests may only be requested for a maximum of one semester or summer session at a time.

Students not granted an extension but who have met the requirements of a master’s without thesis may be able to graduate from the non-thesis option. M.Sc. non-thesis students are expected to complete in three semesters and one summer session. 

The extension form must be completed and include the following:

  • A statement on the remaining scope of work (including thesis writing and defense) and whether it is achievable by the end of the following semester
  • Approval from the dean

Students entering the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree should finish their Ph.D. in two and a half to four years. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a bachelor’s degree should finish the Ph.D. in three and a half to six years. Ph.D. students have a maximum of seven years beyond the master’s degree to complete all degree requirements including the final defense and any conditions required by the defense committee.