Extensions of the prescribed time limits for completion of a degree program may be granted in some cases. An extension will only be granted for valid, documented reasons, to graduate students whose academic record is otherwise satisfactory and who can clearly demonstrate how they will fulfill program requirements within a stated period of time not to exceed 12 months. A Time Limit Extension Request form must be completed by the student in consultation with the supervisor and submitted to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department/Program. If the Department/Program supports the request, it must then be referred to the School of Graduate Studies for approval at least one month prior to the beginning of the term of the proposed extension.
Any request for an extension must be supported by a written explanation from the supervisor, who must provide a detailed assessment of the student's progress and the studentís plans for timely completion of the outstanding program requirements within the stated period of time.
Requests for a second extension are not normally approved, but will be considered for approval if extenuating circumstances have delayed the studentís progress.
Requests for a second extension for a stated period of time not to exceed 12 months, must be made using the same Request form and must include the supervisorís support and assessment as above. A request for a second extension will not be considered nor approved unless details are provided that outline all progress made since the last time limit extension was granted.
Subsequent extension requests (past a second extension) will not normally be approved.
NOTE:An extension of the prescribed time limits for completion of the degree program may be part of a formal academic accommodation arrangement between a graduate student and the university.In those cases, extensions beyond the second extension, will be considered on a case by case basis.