Student Handbook 2021-2022

Walsh

Degree Completion Policy

In order to graduate, undergraduate and graduate students must complete a degree program within 60 consecutive calendar months (five years) from the initial date of enrollment at Walsh (as designated by the first semester attended on the student’s Walsh transcript).  Doctoral students must complete their program within 84 consecutive calendar months (seven years) from the initial date of enrollment at Walsh (as designated by the first semester attended on the student’s Walsh transcript).

Should it appear that this time limit might not be met, undergraduate and graduate students should immediately consult with an advisor in the Admissions and Academic Advising office to request an extension. This request will be forwarded to the academic department chair for review and approval. If an extension is requested and granted, coursework more than five years old may be reviewed for currency. Additional coursework may be required to complete the degree. If an extension is not granted due to an insufficient portion of the program requirements having been completed, the student must update to the current degree program. Credit will be applied toward a degree for coursework less than five years old in which the grade of “D-” (0.700) or better has been earned, with the exception of courses which require a “C” (2.000) or better to fulfill graduation requirements. All graduate courses require a minimum grade of “C” (2.000).

A readmitted undergraduate or graduate student who is granted credit for previously taken courses may be required to complete the program in a period of time less than 60 months (five years). The transcript of a readmitted student will reflect all courses taken, credit hours attempted, and grades received while in residence at Walsh.

Doctoral students must successfully complete all coursework and final dissertation within a maximum of seven years (84 months) after commencing in the program. Any exceptions beyond the stated criteria will be determined by the Doctoral Program Director. If a student is in good academic standing and stops out for medical or extenuating circumstances, the student may re-enter the program without reapplying for admission for up to one year from the stop out term. The student will be required to petition for re-entry into the program and must meet with the Doctoral Program Director to work out a re-entry plan.