Progress, Applying for Degree
Degree-seeking graduate students and students completing graduate certificate programs are expected to make satisfactory progress toward their degree or certificate in a timely manner (six-year time limit for master’s and specialist degrees; six to nine years for doctoral degrees). Some departments take action to dismiss students who absent themselves for periods of a year or more.
Demonstrated suitability for professional practice, as determined by faculty, is also a consideration for remaining in good standing in graduate programs leading to advanced certificates or other endorsements indicating advanced professional practice or achievement.
Students who complete graduate degrees at Wichita State University are transferred to non-degree, Category A, status in the academic field of their graduate degree which allows continued enrollment for graduate credit at WSU. Should such students desire to undertake a new academic program or change advising areas, a new application for admission to the desired area of study and application fee must be filed with the Graduate School office.
An Application for Degree form (AFD) and $15 filing fee must be filed with the Graduate School within four weeks (20 class days) after the beginning of any fall or spring semester in which a student plans to finish all requirements for the degree.
Students planning to graduate at the end of the summer session must file an application for degree form within two weeks (10 class days) after the beginning of the regular eight-week session even if they plan to enroll for the second four-week session only.
If, after a student files an AFD, the degree is not completed, a new AFD and filing fee must be filed within the time frame just described for the semester in which requirements for the degree are again expected to be completed.
Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a delay in graduation and in the awarding of the diploma.