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Time Limitation - Research Master's



To set the maximum time limit for students pursuing a research master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.).


Academic Goal

To ensure that all students pursuing a research master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) complete their studies in a timely manner.



All students in a research master’s degree program (M.A. or M.S.).

Policy Statement

  1. All requirements for a master’s degree, including acceptance of the culminating experience must be met within eight years of the beginning of the semester of admission to the graduate degree program.
  2. Individual graduate programs may set shorter time limits, as approved through the Graduate Council curricular review process.

Further Information

Extensions to Time Limits for Master's Students due to COVID-19

Revision History

  • Approved by Graduate Council, February 17, 2021. Effective immediately.
    • Policy Statement #2 revised for clarity. Process section removed.
  • Adapted from Graduate Bulletin: July 2018
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