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Changes to Program Time Limits and Extensions

July 06, 2016
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The Graduate General Regulations on time limits for degree completion and extensions to complete a graduate degree will be changing as of September 2016.

Several revisions to the Graduate General Regulations (GGR) were approved by SGSC and Senate and are effective Fall 2016. The regulations are as follows:

Students who started Summer 2016 or earlier:

Time limits
Your time limit has not changed. See the Summer 2016 GGR for time limit details.

The changes to the time limits (GGR 1.12) will only apply to new students starting their program in Fall 2016 or later.

Extensions
Once you have reached your time limit you may be eligible for an extension. Students will be required to fill out an Extension Application form and submit it to their academic unit prior to the student’s time limit expiration. The academic unit will determine the length of the extension. During your extension time you will be charged the continuing fee (50% of regular tuition).

An extension is not available for students who are discontinued from their program. Academic units will have extension criteria which will be posted on their website shortly.

Reactivation
If you have been discontinued for not enrolling (or going on leave) for one term, but, have not reached your time limit you may apply for reactivation. This is used if you have forgotten to enroll or file your leave paperwork. If this occurs you must apply for reactivation by completing the reactivation form and submitting it to you academic unit.

Readmission
If you have been discontinued for more than one term you must apply for readmission through the regular online application process. If your readmission is accepted you will maintain your start date and time limit of when you were first admitted into the program.

If you fall into this category please speak to your academic unit to calculate your deadline (the deadline to apply for readmission is calculated by using the student’s original starting term, their program time limit plus 3 terms of possible extension time).

If you have already reached your time limit as of Fall 2016 please speak to your academic unit.  The three year window to be re-admitted for one term to complete their degree requirements is no longer an option as of September 1, 2016.

Students starting Fall 2016 or later:

Time limits
Students in a graduate certificate, diploma or master’s program will have 9 terms to complete their credentials (see GGR 1.12.2).

Doctoral students will have 18 terms to complete their credential.

Extensions
Students in a graduate certificate or diploma will not be eligible for any extension.

Students in master’s and doctoral programs are eligible for extensions. Students will be required to fill out an Extension Application form and submit it to their academic unit. The academic unit will determine the length of the extension and submit the completed form to DGS prior to the student’s time limit expiration. An extension is not available for students who are discontinued from their program.

Reactivation
If you have been discontinued for not enrolling (or going on leave) for one term, but, have not reached your time limit you may apply for reactivation. This is used if you have forgotten to enroll or file your leave paperwork. If this occurs you must apply for reactivation by completing the reactivation form and submitting it to you academic unit.

Readmission
If you have been discontinued for more than one term you must apply for readmission through the regular online application process. If your readmission is accepted you will maintain your start date and time limit of when you were first admitted into the program.

If you fall into this category please speak to your academic unit to calculate your deadline (the deadline to apply for readmission is calculated by using the student’s original starting term, their program time limit plus 3 terms of possible extension time).

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