Preparing scientists to reveal the intricacies of living systems through the application of physics and chemistry
Students should aim to graduate within approximately five years. The program recognizes however that some challenging projects may take longer. With this in mind, time-to-degree guidelines are as follows:
- Students are expected to graduate within a six-year time period having met the graduation requirements specified in Advancement to Candidacy and Thesis Progression. A leave of absence of up to three quarters from the program does not count toward the total number of years in the program.
- If a student and his or her thesis committee do not feel the student will be able to meet the six-year deadline (August of year six), a maximum six-month extension must be requested by January of year six. (Request a petition from the graduate program manager.)
- Extensions are not guaranteed, and they require the executive committee's approval. A petition must include a detailed justification for the extension provided by the thesis committee and will only be granted when there is a compelling scientific reason or other extenuating factors that have impeded progress.
- If there appears to be a need for additional time, a student may petition for a second and final extension of up to six months.