Degree Time Limit

The University of Findlay requires students to complete all graduate program requirements within seven years in order to be eligible to graduate. Students who do not complete their graduate program requirements within this time limit will be ineligible to graduate. The degree time limit begins and ends at the start and completion of a program of study. The degree time limit does not supersede any other obligations to maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the student’s degree program.

Graduate students are expected to complete their program of study within seven (7) years from the time at which they commence their study.  That is, no course more than seven years old from the semester in which a student plans to graduate may be used for meeting the requirements of the degree.

A student will be required to retake any class which was taken more than seven years from the planned semester of graduation. For example: A student wishing to graduate fall 2012 will only be eligible to use courses from fall 2005 until fall 2012. Any course completed outside of this time period will need to be repeated or replaced with a course approved by the student’s graduate program. If the class is no longer available, a comparable or substitute class of a corresponding number of credit hours will be determined by the director of the academic area.  Please note, classes removed from a program of study are indicative of the changes that occur within a profession or academic body of knowledge. 

Students pursuing a Doctor of Education degree are eligible for an exemption to the degree time limit policy if they hold a current superintendent’s license during their enrollment at The University of Findlay and the courses exceeding the degree time limit were part of the student’s superintendent license requirements (i.e., UF’s or another accredited institution’s equivalent courses of EDAD 610, EDAD 611, EDAD 612, EDAD 613, EDAD 614.

Students pursuing a Doctor of Education in School Psychology degree are eligible for an exemption to the degree time limit policy if they hold a current school psychologist license during their enrollment at The University of Findlay, and students may receive transfer credit for EDPY 610, EDPY 614, EDPY 620, EDPY 622, and EDPY 624.

Students should proactively plan accordingly in order to be sure that their academic, work and personal lives will accommodate this seven-year rule.

A student may request an exception to this policy by submitting in detail a written appeal to the Graduate Student Standards Committee for review and possible approval.