Limitation of Time

Except as indicated below, the student must fulfill all requirements for a doctoral degree within nine consecutive years immediately preceding the date of the student’s graduation from that degree program.

The time limit applies to enrollment in all graduate course work in the student's program including work for which transfer credit is allowed. However, at the discretion of the Department of Economics, the nine-year limit need not apply to some or all of the earliest 30 semester hours of credit included in the student's doctoral program of courses. Similarly, at the discretion of the Department of Economics, Ph.D. tool requirements (Econ 590, Econ 591, Econ 690, Econ 690A) may be satisfied with course work and/or examinations falling outside the limitation of time for the doctoral degree. If any such NIU course does not fall within the time limit defined above, the Department of Economics may require the student to retake the course for credit or may allow the student to demonstrate current knowledge of the subject matter. In the latter case, currency must be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Deparment through successful completion of an appropriate examination or other assessment. Otherwise, the outdated course work must be deleted from, and other course work must be substituted in, the program of courses. Transfer courses falling outside the limitation of time may not be used to satisfy credit requirements unless exempted by the department as part of the earliest 30 semester hours under the provision above.