Students who entered a doctoral program prior to Fall 2011 and who have not completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the end of the ninth year of registration may request a two-semester extension to finish all requirements for the degree. Note that the ninth year ends on May 31.
To request this extension, students must do the following:
- Submit a letter to the dean of GSAS that indicates all the steps they will take, with a timetable, to distribute, defend, and deposit the dissertation in at most two additional semesters of candidacy.
- Submit to the sponsor all chapters and materials produced to date on the dissertation, as well as a copy of the timetable referenced above. After examining the materials, the sponsor should write a letter to GSAS that evaluates the materials received, and that endorses as feasible the timetable provided.
GSAS will review the request and determine either that a) the student be allowed to remain a degree candidate as a registered student for at most two additional semesters; or that b) the student not be allowed to continue as a degree candidate. If the extension is granted but the student does not complete all requirements for the PhD or DMA, including the deposit of the dissertation, by the stipulated date, the student will no longer be considered to be a doctoral degree candidate by GSAS.
Students who entered a doctoral program in the Arts and Sciences between Fall 2002 and Fall 2010 and who have not registered continuously (and did not receive an official leave of absence) must reapply for admission in order to return to doctoral study. Students who entered a doctoral program before Fall 2002 and who have registered continuously to date should contact gsas-dean [at] columbia.edu for more information. To certify that the student's scholarly preparation remains current, the student may be required to repeat coursework taken more than ten years prior or to retake the doctoral qualifying exams (in whole or in part).