University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Policies and General Information

Leave of Absence for Graduate Students

A leave of absence may be awarded for a period of up to one year. The leave suspends the time limit for master’s students 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: 5 years; doctoral: 9 years. All credit used for the degree, including transfer credit and credit by exam, must be earned within 7 (master’s) and 9 (doctoral) years of graduation.


Students request a leave of absence from their graduate program coordinator or chairperson. If the program approves the request, the chairperson or program faculty completes the Leave of Absence form available on the Graduate College Forms and Information Link out of catalogue site. website 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 graduate program coordinator or chairperson 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.

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