Students who entered a doctoral program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences before Fall 2011 and who left the University without having obtained an official leave of absence must apply again for admission to the doctoral program as a new student. Admission for return to graduate study is granted at the discretion of the department and of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The GSAS Office of Student Affairs requests that the department or program supply a written schedule for the completion of all requirements before the student is admitted. The student is expected to complete the degree by the date specified by the department or program; extensions will not be granted.
If admitted, the student will become subject to all current requirements as interpreted by the GSAS Office of Student Affairs with regard to the student's case. In cases where there has been a prolonged interruption of studies, a department may require a student to retake examinations and/or courses as appropriate.
Students who are readmitted count against the department’s admissions allocation. Any student who is readmitted with funding cannot receive guaranteed funding for more than five total years of enrollment (i.e., with the student’s earlier enrollment and new enrollment calculated together).
Students who entered an Arts and Sciences doctoral program in or after Fall 2011 are allowed nine years of continuous registration to satisfy all requirements for the doctoral degree, during which time they are required to maintain full-time status or obtain an official leave of absence.