You must complete all the coursework for the degree within a ten-year period beginning
at the end of the calendar year in which you first enroll, and you must complete the
degree within twelve years from the entry date. Other than credits transferred from
your M.A. program, no credits that you earned more than twelve calendar years prior
to the year of your graduation can count for the degree. There are no exceptions to
this policy. You may, however, be able to “validate” some old courses, as described
in the graduate catalog. Such validation, which generally involves additional readings, and must include
a written exam, is limited to 1/3 of the total credits required for the degree and
is limited to courses with a fixed content. In particular, you cannot validate directed
readings, research seminars, or thesis credit.
Grades earned in courses older than twelve years will appear on your transcript but
will not be included in your GPA.
The twelve-year time limitation does not apply to course work from your master’s degree.