The following text is taken from The University of Findlay's graduate catalog.
Master's Degree Requirements
Nearly all accrediting bodies, including regional accrediting bodies, require a well-defined process for encouraging the orderly progress of students through the program and that students’ progress through all programs be documented. The following requirements must be met for students to successfully progress through and complete a graduate program:
1. There is a degree time limit of seven years. The University of Findlay requires students to complete all graduate program requirements within seven years in order to be eligible to graduate. Students who do not complete their graduate program requirements within this time limit will be ineligible to graduate. The degree time limit begins and ends at the start and completion of a program of study. The degree time limit does not supersede any other obligations to maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the student’s degree program.
Graduate students are expected to complete their program of study within seven (7) years from the time at which they commence their study. That is, no course more than seven years old from the semester in which a student plans to graduate may be used for meeting the requirements of the degree.
A student will be required to retake any class which was taken more than seven years from the planned semester of graduation. For example: A student wishing to graduate fall 2012 will only be eligible to use courses from fall 2005 until fall 2012. Any course completed outside of this time period will need to be repeated or replaced with a course approved by the student’s graduate program. If the class is no longer available, a comparable or substitute class of a corresponding number of credit hours will be determined by the director of the academic area. Please note, classes removed from a program of study are indicative of the changes that occur within a profession or academic body of knowledge.
Students should proactively plan accordingly in order to be sure that their academic, work and personal lives will accommodate this seven-year rule.
A student may request an exception to this policy by submitting in detail a written appeal to the Graduate Student Standards Committee for review and possible approval.
2. To graduate, a student must complete a declaration of candidacy form for a degree six months prior to the requested graduation date. This declaration is available through the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Office of the Registrar or online on the Registrar’s home page under the advising forms option.
3. To graduate, a student must fulfill all initial, graduate candidacy and retention requirements, including the completion of a culminating project.
4. To graduate, a student must complete a program capstone course which is designed to assess the student’s achievement of program goals.
5. To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours.