Academic Regulations: Time Boundaries for Graduate Study

A student's individualized time boundaries can be found in Esther.  

Students who are approaching or who have passed their deadline to candidacy must submit an extension of candidacy request to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. A $125 reinstatement fee will be imposed on students who have exceeded their time boundaries for achieving candidacy, defending their thesis, or being beyond their time to degree without prior approval.  

The following wording concerning Time to Candidacy, Time to Defense and Time to Degree were taken directly from the current Rice University General Announcements. 

Time To Candidacy

PhD and DMA students must be approved for candidacy before the beginning of the 9th semester of their enrollment at Rice.

Time to Defense

PhD and DMA students must defend their theses before the end of the 16th semester of their enrollment at Rice.

Time to Thesis Submission

Candidates who successfully pass the oral examination in defense of the thesis must submit the thesis to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies no later than six months from the date of the examination. See Candidacy, Oral Examinations and Thesis.

Time to Degree

PhD and DMA students are required to complete their program, including thesis defense, within 10 years of initial enrollment in the degree program. This time boundary includes any period in which the student was not enrolled or enrolled part time, for whatever reason. Failure to meet any university time to degree deadline may result in the student not being able to continue in their degree program.