Academic or Time Limit Termination

Students may be terminated from their Economics graduate program for any one of the following reasons:

  • Failure to make satisfactory progress toward degree as determined by the Economics Department and/or the Associate Provost for Graduate Education.
  • Accumulation of grades of F in two graduate courses or 9 credits of unsatisfactory grades in graduate courses.

The student is responsible for knowing both the termination criteria (including, but not limited to, program time limits and grade requirements) and the process for initiating an academic policy exception request to the dean of their academic unit.

University Catalog: Academic Termination (AP.6.6.2)

University Catalog: Readmission to Graduate Study at Mason (AP.6.6.3)

 

TERMINATION DUE TO GRADES

A student may submit to the college an exception request for termination due to grades. Included in this exception request must be statements from the student's advisor and the Economics Department Director of Graduate Programs regarding the student's continued enrollment at the university. The student is responsible for contacting the advisor and the Director for their statements.

The process for submitting an exception request for an academic termination due to grades is administered by the college. The student will need to provide:

  • an explanation of circumstances that led to the unsatisfactory grades, and
  • evidence that these circumstances have been remedied, and
  • Graduate Termination Appeal form, and
  • a statement of support from their advisor and the Director of Graduate Programs.

TERMINATION DUE TO TIME LIMIT

Students seeking a master's degree have six years from the time they first register after being admitted to their programs to graduate. Doctoral students have six years from the time they first register after being admitted to their programs to advance to candidacy. Once they advance, they have a total of 9 years to complete the degree, advancing to candidacy within no more than six years.

When students fail to complete their requirements within these time limits, they must request an extension from their program and Dean to continue in their program. Students who fail to submit an extension request will be terminated from their academic program.

The Director of Graduate Programs is reluctant to approve extensions if the cause for delay is due to the timing of passing required graduate exams. The student will need to demonstrate that the delay was due to extenuating circumstances outside of the student's control.

The process for submitting an exception request for a time limit termination is administered by the college. The student will need to provide:

  • an explanation of circumstances causing the delay in meeting their deadline, and
  • an executable plan for how they will accomplish the proposal if given an extension, and
  • a statement of support from their advisor or dissertation advisor and the Director of Graduate Programs.

HOW TO REQUEST AN APPEAL OF AN ACADEMIC POLICY EXCEPTION DENIAL

If an academic exception request is denied by the college, the student has the option to appeal that decision to the Associate Provost for Graduate Education. 

STATUS WHILE EXCEPTION REQUEST OR APPEAL IS UNDER CONSIDERATION

During the review of any request or appeal, the student may register and enroll in classes. Once an academic policy exception request or appeal period has expired, or when the student's exception request has been denied by the academic unit, a letter of termination will be sent to the student by mail and by email within one week. A notification of academic termination will be affixed to the graduate student's official record and the student may then be administratively dropped or withdrawn from currently enrolled classes. 

 

Last updated 09/01/20