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Statute of Limitations

Duquesne University has established a statute of limitations for all graduate degree programs. No academic program may establish a statute of limitations which exceeds those of the University. Academic schools may establish a statute of limitations which is stricter than those of the University. Students should consult with their graduate program advisor about specific program requirements.

The purpose of the statute of limitations is to ensure that students earn degrees which represent mastery of current knowledge in the field and reflect the intense commitment to scholarship and practice necessary for advanced study in one's chosen discipline.

Consistent with School of Education policy, all doctoral students must complete their program of study within eight (8) years of the first date of coursework. This includes all coursework, successfully passing comprehensive examinations, and successfully defending the dissertation. Under unusual circumstances, graduate students may request one Leave of Absence. Graduate students may request a Leave of up to one year. Requests are submitted to the department who then forwards a recommendation to the school Dean. The Dean makes the decision about the Leave and his/her decision is final. A Leave of Absence does not count towards the Statute of Limitations. Re-admission of a student following a Leave of Absence is granted automatically. The process for requesting this leave may be found here

Requests for an extension to the statute of limitations must be submitted by the graduate student to his/her advisor who then forwards the request with his/her recommendation to the Program Director.

The student must submit the request for an extension no later than the first day of class of the semester preceding their eight (8) year deadline. For example as most students begin the program in the summer session, this request must be submitted no later than the first day of the preceding spring semester.

The request is then forwarded to the Instructional Technology and Leadership Graduate Advisory Committee for its review and decision. The student will be notified of the decision by the Program Director. An appeal for denial of the request for extension may be submitted to the School's academic dean whose review and decision are final.

A student who does not complete his/her degree as required by the Statute of Limitations may not apply for re-admission to pursue the same degree at Duquesne University.