Literature PhD Time Limit

For students entering in 2005 and after, the Graduate College stipulates that all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must be completed within 5 years of passing the Comprehensive Exam. Should a student not finish within that time period, he or she may be allowed to re-take the Comprehensive Exam with permission of the program, and then proceed to complete other requirements, e.g., the dissertation. requirements for the PhD degree must be met within five years of taking the Comprehensive Exam. For students who entered before 2005, the Graduate College stipulates that all requirements for the PhD, including work toward the MA, must be met within ten years of the first graduate course work counted towards the degree. However, we expect all students to complete the PhD within seven years, at most, after entering our MA program, or five years for those who enter with an MA from another institution. Students who enter without an MA typically complete the course work for both the MA and the PhD degrees in three to four years.  Transfer coursework from the MA, normally 15 units,  more than ten years old is not acceptable for meeting degree requirements.


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