Time to Complete Degree
Time to Complete
Doctoral students entering with an MSN or related master's degree are expected to complete all degree-requirements within five (5) years of initial matriculation in the nursing doctoral program. Continuous registration must be maintained by registering every semester until degree requirements are completed. Under some circumstances, registration may be for zero (0) credit hours (e.g., NURS6CR.99 for students not taking course work prior to prelim exam study, NURS695 registration for exam study, or NURS699 for candidates not needing dissertation credit hours).
Petitions for Extension of Time to Degree
Any request for an extension of time to complete the degree must be made on the relevant Graduate School form, Petition for an Extension of the Time Period to Complete Degree Requirements accompanied by a projected timeline for completion, and co-signed by the dissertation director and program director. Extensions are usually granted for one year; they typically require enrollment in one (1) additional credit of dissertation research, NURS699 beyond the ordinary 12 credits required.
Petitions for Leave of Absence
Rare personal or family crises may necessitate a leave of absence from the doctoral program for more than a semester. The request should be made on the Graduate School General Petition Form with corresponding documentation and support from the dissertation director and program director. A leave of absence stops the time-to-complete clock. It is inconsistent with requests for ongoing dissertation supervision.