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Time Limits/Continuing Enrollment

The candidate must fulfill all requirements for the degree within a five-year period after admission to candidacy. If completion of requirements is delayed beyond five years, a student may be required to take another preliminary examination and be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Continuing Enrollment Requirement

Registration in WED 601 (one hour per semester) is required of all graduate students, whether in residence or not, who are not otherwise enrolled for fall or spring semester. Concurrent registration in any other course is not permitted.

Students registering for WED 601 are assessed only in-state tuition for the credit hour associated with the registration. Since student fees are not assessed for WED 601, the students are not eligible for the benefits of any other programs such as Recreation Center use, Health Service and Student Medical Benefits, Students' Attorney Program assistance, etc. Students needing the above benefits that require fees may instead register for additional research, thesis, or dissertation hours.

All students in a graduate program, but not enrolled in classes by the Friday of the first week of the fall or spring semester, will be registered in WED 601 by the Graduate School and charged tuition for one hour of WED 601. This hour will be dropped if the student subsequently enrolls in a class that semester or is granted a leave of absence by his/her graduate program by the 8th week of the semester. Each program has its own policy of whether and when to grant leaves of absence. Students on leave are not required to enroll in WED 601 for the period of leave, but a leave of absence does not affect the time-to-degree requirements. The requirement of WED 601 enrollment ends when a student passes the six-years to complete a master's degree, without completing the degree, the five-years of doctoral candidacy, or officially withdraws from a program prior to completion of the degree, or graduates. Students who are granted extensions to these time limits would be covered by this revised WED 601 policy. Summer sessions are exempt from the continuous enrollment requirement.

(Source: Adapted from the 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog)