University of Vermont

Official 2009-2010 Catalogue Site

2009-10 Online Catalogue

Academic Policies and General Information

Leave of Absence for Graduate Students

A leave of absence suspends the time limit for degree completion for the duration of the leave. It does not suspend the time limit for the completion of individual courses.

The time limits for degree completion are master’s, 3 years (full-time), 5 years (part-time); doctoral, 9 years (full and part time). A leave of absence suspends the time limit for master’s students for the duration of the leave. All credit use for the degree, including transfer credit and credit by exam, must be earned within 7 (master’s) and 9 (doctoral) years of graduation.


Only students who have not enrolled for all course credit requirements may request a leave of absence. The maximum leave is one year. Students who have enrolled for all required credits but have not completed all degree requirements, including passing the comprehensive examination or completing a thesis or dissertation, are not eligible for a leave of absence but must register for Continuous Registration.


Students request a leave of absence from their program director or chairperson. If the program approves the request, the chairperson or director completes the Leave of Absence form available on the Graduate College Web site Link out of catalogue site. and forwards it to the Dean for approval. A leave of absence does not take effect until after approval has been received from both the program chairperson or director and the Dean of the Graduate College.

Any student who does not enroll following termination of a leave of absence will be deactivated from the Graduate College.