Graduate Degree Completion Time Limits
Students must submit a formal graduation application to One-Stop Student Services by the deadline date listed in the Academic Calendar published online.
Work required for a degree must be completed and certification of completion must be posted in the UNF student record system prior to the college approving the candidates for their degrees. For all course work completed at institutions other than UNF, official transcripts are the only acceptable certification of completion. For applicable transcripts to be posted prior to the UNF certification deadline in a given semester, they must be received by the Graduate School on or before the last day of UNF final examinations for that semester. Students who intend to complete course work at another institution to satisfy UNF degree requirements must obtain formal approval and complete the courses prior to the term in which they intend to graduate to ensure sufficient time to process the transcript.
Every degree-seeking student at UNF must have a signed program of study. Graduation requirements published in the catalog at the time the student enters UNF are those which must be satisfied. All coursework for a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree must be completed within six years of a master’s-degree-seeking student being admitted to a graduate program. All course work for a doctoral degree must be completed within eight years.
To view the University's official policy, click here.
Credit Validation for Course Work Completed more than Five Years Ago
UNF requires that a student who has taken courses at UNF or elsewhere more than five years prior to the completion of a graduate degree program or admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree must petition his or her graduate program director to validate these courses before the Graduate School will apply them toward the student’s fulfillment of degree requirements. Graduate program directors have the authority to require the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge of the material covered in those courses.
Individual colleges and programs may have more restrictive policies concerning course validation. Check with your graduate program director.