Time Limits

Students are normally expected to complete the Master’s program within 15 months of enrollment. Enrollment commences in late August or September and the program should be completed by December of the following year.

Even in cases of Leave of Absence and/or Thesis Extensions, there is an absolute deadline of three (3) years from the date of enrollment within which the Master’s degree must be completed. Failure to complete all degree requirements within three years, automatically results in termination from the M.A. program.

Thesis Extension and Maintaining Matriculation

Students in their final semester may also request a voluntary extension for their thesis prior to the submission deadline. The request should be made in writing to the Program Director as early on as possible, stating the reasons for the request. The Program Director will discuss the request with the Dean and the request will be granted at the discretion of the Dean. Deferred theses must be submitted in the following Spring and will be examined in the same Spring or following Fall semester, according to the requirements of each individual program and at the discretion of each Program Director. Students granted a deferred submission will be required to register for a ‘Maintaining Matriculation’ status (recorded as a no credit course) and pay the appropriate fee. The status of ‘Maintaining Matriculation’ does not carry the right to an Italian visa and will affect financial aid.