7.5.1 Incomplete Degrees: Thesis Extensions

(Approved: November 16, 1994) (Amended 13 December 2006) (Amended January 25, 2012) (Amended August 21, 2013)

A student who does not receive a degree at the end of his/her normal course of study because he/she has been unable to complete a required master's thesis is entitled to apply for additional time under the terms of the policy described below.  An approved thesis extension is required in order for such a student to remain a candidate for a degree.  Maintaining a viable degree candidacy is the student's responsibility.  A lapsed candidacy may only be revived by appeal to the Academic Council.

The need for an approved extension begins on the Friday after graduation day of the quarter in which he/she completes the last course(s) required by his/her course of study.

A maximum of three (3) one-year extensions may be granted by the academic unit awarding the degree.

  1. Requests should be addressed to the academic unit Chair or Program Director, and must be endorsed by the thesis advisor, the Program Officer, and the cognizant Academic Associate.
  2. Each request must include an explanation of the delay and a progress report.
  3. Denial of an extension by an academic unit Chair or Program Director may be appealed, via the School Dean, to the Academic Council.
  4. The Registrar must be notified whenever a thesis extension is granted.

A student who has received three one-year extensions from his/her academic unit may apply to the Academic Council for additional time. Requested duration of extension will be measured by the Council in academic quarters with a maximum duration of one year per request.

Such extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

  1. The request must be endorsed by the thesis advisor, the Program Officer, the cognizant Academic Associate, and the academic unit Chair or Program Director.
  2. It must include an explanation of why the thesis has not been completed, a description of the work that remains to be done, and an anticipated completion date.
  3. A representative for the student (advisor, second reader, etc.) is encouraged to attend the Academic Council review and present the case in person to discuss the exceptional circumstances and completion plan.