Time Limitations and Program Terminations - Graduate Programs

Because the mission of NAU includes preparing students for success in technical and professional fields, the university recognizes that skills and competencies are perishable.  For academic purposes, a student is expected to complete a degree program within a specified amount of time after the beginning of study at NAU.  The provost may approve academic exceptions to the time limitation.  The student should contact financial aid to discuss financial aid restrictions regarding time limitations.

The academic time limitations are as follows:

Master’s Degree

The time limitation of all master’s level degree programs is 10 years.

Students who have been terminated from the master's program can appeal their dismissal from the program.  The student must submit a written request to the dean of the graduate school to be considered for readmission to the program. Students should contact the graduate office for further information about termination or readmission procedures at nauadmissions@national.edu.

Doctorate Degrees

The time limitation for completing the doctorate degrees is five years.  No exceptions can be granted for students beyond 10 years from the start of their studies.  Failure to complete the doctorate degree within the five-year time limit may require the student to take additional courses to complete the dissertation.  The dean will determine if any courses need to be retaken for program relevance at the time of review. If the dean does not validate a course or courses, the student must retake the appropriate course(s) as part of his/her program of study to complete the degree.  The student should contact financial aid to discuss financial aid restrictions regarding time limitations.

Students must complete the additional coursework indicated within a two-year period for the student not to be terminated from the program.  The student’s progress toward completing the program along with his/her grades will be considered in making a determination pertaining to continuation or termination from the doctoral program.  To be considered for re-admission to the program, a student may submit a written request to the dean, who will review and forward to the provost for final review and decision after consultation with the dean.  Students should contact the dean for further information about termination and/or re-admission procedures and appeals.