Doctoral students must complete degree requirements within seven calendar years. Students can petition for a maximum of 3, one-year extensions. These extensions will be made on a year-to-year basis and will be awarded at the discretion of the faculty. Consideration for determining whether an extension will be based on ongoing progress towards dissertation and the extenuating circumstances. If all program requirements are not completed within 10 years, the student will be dropped from the program. Leaves of absence taken during the course of the program do not automatically extend the seven year deadline.
Master's and Graduate Certificate students must complete degree requirements within five calendar years. If after five years you have not yet graduated, you will need to retake all courses for which you received transfer of credit. Each trimester thereafter you will be responsible for the M.S. courses taken more than five years before that point in time. A one-year extension may be granted under extenuating circumstances. Leaves of absence taken during the course of the program do not automatically extend the five year deadline.
Online students are required to attend 2 one-week long Residential Institutes per academic year. The Residential Institutes are held on the Fort Lauderdale campus.
Leave of Absence
Students are expected to be continuously enrolled until degree requirements are completed. If a student needs to discontinue studies, s/he must apply for a leave of absence. Any student who does not register and does not apply for a leave of absence will be considered withdrawn from the program. Withdrawn students need to petition for re-entrance into the program to which they were accepted.