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PhD Comprehensive Exam Extension

What if I cannot complete my Comprehensive Exam by the deadline?

Under extenuating circumstances, students may petition for an extension to the time limits for completing the Comprehensive Examination. Petitions are to include proper documentation and justification of the reason for the extension request. Students who wish to petition on the basis of medical grounds, must register with AccessAbility Services and provide them with all required medical documentation. Medical documentation is not to be provided to the Department. AccessAbility Services will determine if the medical conditon justifies an accommodation. Petitions must include the following:

  • Summary of accomplishments
  • Plan and timeline for program completion
  • Extenuating circumstances

The PhD Comprehensive Request for Time Limit Extension Form must be approved by the Supervisor(s), Department, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Students who do not meet the required timelines and do not submit a request for extension or submit a petition and it is denied, will be required to withdraw from the program.

Extenuating circumstances are only those that are outside of the control of the PhD candidate and their supervisor(s) or for medical reasons which require accommodations as advised by AccessAbility Services.

The extension form will be due each term to your department coordinator: 

  • Spring: April 15 
  • Fall: August 15 
  • Winter: December 15