Degree Deadlines and Time Limits

Degree Deadlines and Time Limits

  MSc-PhD Transfer Examination PhD Qualifying Examination Time to Achieve Candidacy[1] Time Limit[2] Maximum Extension
MSc (full-time) 15-18 months n/a n/a 3 years +3 years
MSc (part-time) 15-18 months n/a n/a 6 years +3 years
PhD (full-time) after completing a MSc n/a 24  months By end of 3rd year 6 years +4 years
Direct-Entry PhD or PhD transfer from MSc (full-time) n/a Direct Entry: 24 months
Transfer: n/a
By end of 4th year 7 years +4 years
PhD (flex-time) n/a 32 months By end of 4th year 8 years + 4 years

[1] Doctoral students are subject to the School’s policy on “Timely Completion of Graduate Program Requirements”. To achieve candidacy, a PhD student is expected to have completed all program requirements exclusive of thesis and seminar courses.

[2] Students must submit an annual request for program extension beyond this time limit.