Five Year Deadline (Doctorate)

Doctorate students have five years, inclusive of the semester in which they took the earliest courses counted toward their degrees, to complete all requirements for a graduate degree. The end of this five year period is determined by adding 9 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 five-year deadline would be Spring 2009. Use the Deadline Calculator below to determine when your Five Year Deadline is. If a student exceeds his/her five-year limit, only those courses that are older than five 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 five-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 Currency is extended on out-of-date courses for one semester only.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 Five Year Deadline, enter the semester and year of the oldest course you are using toward your Doctorate degree and select GO.

You may also view a table of deadlines in PDF format: fiveyeardeadline.pdf.