Seven Year Deadline
Graduate students have seven years, inclusive of the semester in which they took the earliest courses counted toward their degrees, to complete all requirements for a Master's degree. The end of this seven year period is determined by adding 14 semesters onto the term of the oldest course listed on the Advancement to Candidacy form. For example, if a student began his/her coursework in Fall 2004, his/her seven-year deadline would be Spring 2011. Use the Deadline Calculator below to determine when your Seven Year Deadline is. If a student exceeds his/her seven-year limit, only those courses that are older than seven years are out of currency, and thus expire.
At this point, the graduate student may repeat the expired course(s) or request an exception to the seven-year deadline using the Currency Petition form. The form must be signed by the department, declaring that the student has been tested and is current in the course content. Currency is extended on out-of-date courses for one semester only. In requesting currency, programs must sign the petition for currency and attach a copy of the documentation used to establish currency in course content. The Dean of Graduate Studies must approve the petition. If approved, the OGS would then regard the students as still current in the material for the expired course(s), and effectively retain degree credit for these courses. The Graduate Council has recommended that the Dean of Graduate Studies approve only one semester currency for up to a maximum of six units.
Programs may, of course, refuse to reestablish currency for such courses and instead require that the student take replacement courses, or the Program may opt to declassify the student for lack of sufficient progress toward the degree.
To find your Seven Year Deadline, enter the semester and year of the oldest course you are using toward your Master's degree and select GO.
You may also view a table of deadlines in PDF format: sevenyeardeadline.pdf.