You may be eligible for a program extension in the following instances:
- Change in Academic Plan -- You have changed your major, minor, or research topic and need more time to complete the academic requirements
- Unexpected Research Problems -- Due to circumstances beyond your control, you need more time to conduct necessary research for your academic program. Simply not completing your thesis or dissertation in a timely fashion is not an unexpected research problem.
- Documented Illness -- You have obtained a Reduced Course Load (RCL) in the past for documented medical or psychological reasons, which has delayed your academic progress.
- Other Compelling Academic Reasons -- Your academic progress has been delayed by some other circumstances beyond your control (e.g. advisor on sabbatical, course cancellation, limited course offerings, required internship participation, etc.). You and your academic advisor must be able to clearly explain these circumstances in the request forms.
You must apply prior to the program end date on your I-20