Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2007/2008
Canadian Excellence

Degree Program Time Limits

Students must maintain continuous registration every term to the end of the term in which all degree requirements, including course requirements, dissertation/thesis/research paper and oral examination, are completed. No defence will be scheduled or held without registration being completed prior to the proposed date of the defence.

Candidates who fail to maintain continuous registration will be required to withdraw from the program unless they have been granted inactive status.

Master's candidates who elect the thesis option will be required to complete the research requirements, including the defence, within two years of the completion of all required course work.

Master's candidates who elect the research project option will be required to complete the research requirements, including the defence, within one year of the completion of all required course work.

Master's students will not be permitted to extend their candidacy beyond five years of the date of acceptance into a master's program.

Doctoral students in the Faculty of Social Work will be required to complete the research requirements, including the dissertation defence, within three years of admission to candidacy.

Doctoral students in the faculties of Arts, Science, and the School of Business and Economics will be required to complete the research requirements, including the defence, within four years of acceptance into the doctoral program from a master's degree or within six years of acceptance into the doctoral program from a bachelor's degree.