Residence and Time Limit

After acceptance into a degree program the student is expected to remain continuously enrolled each regular semester up to and including the semester in which the degree is awarded. The degree must be earned within seven years after the first graduate level course is posted on the transcript. Note: courses applicable to credentials are subject to California Commission on Teacher Credentialing limitations.

A graduate student who is eligible but who chooses not to enroll continuously may petition for a leave of absence for a semester and may renew the leave for another semester but no more than three consecutive semesters. At the end of the period of leave, the student may enroll without filing an application for re-admission. After a lapse of time extending beyond the leave, the student will follow the same procedures as those for new applicants.