Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Time to Degree and Deadlines

Time to Degree

The College of Liberal Arts strives to matriculate outstanding doctoral students and provide them with the training, experience and support necessary for successful completion of their respective degrees and placement in academic and other training-related jobs upon graduation. 

Within this framework, the College views time to degree as a strong indicator of program quality and student success. Time to degree is broadly accepted as a criterion in the evaluation of graduate programs, and the College, much like the University as a whole and peer institutions across the nation, is under increased pressure to reduce time to degree for doctoral students.

Time to degree plays a significant role in planning for graduate student financial support.

The College of Liberal Arts expects departments to have doctoral students enter candidacy at some point during their third year, but no later than their fourth year in the program. In general, the College expects students to complete their Ph.D.s no later than three years after having entered candidacy. With that expectation in mind, and allowing for exceptions in rare cases, the College will not support candidacy extensions for seventh-year doctoral students beyond the third year of candidacy status, or for students who have reached the end of their eighth year in the program.

The College currently has a parental academic accommodation that allows for a one-semester extension in the expected time to degree in cases of childbirth or adoption.



Deadlines are critical and the flexibility built into the system is minimal. Keep a calendar, and mark important deadlines—those established by the University, those established by the Department, and those established by individual faculty. Funding agencies may also have their own deadlines. The Graduate Coordinator often sends reminders by e-mail, but the responsibility is ultimately yours.


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