Leave of Absence

An approved Leave of Absence allows a student to take a temporary break from graduate study and enrollment requirements while remaining in good standing with the University and his or her department. Leaves can last anywhere from one to three semesters (including the summer session).  Leave time taken does not count toward the student’s time to degree and the student does not have to reapply to the program when he or she returns.  It is expected that the student is temporarily ceasing work toward the degree and is in no way utilizing University resources during the period of leave. 

A student must petition for a Leave of Absence, but leaves may be granted for a variety of reasons, including illness, emergency, family responsibilities, financial hardship, military deployment, or full-time activities related to long-range professional goals.

A student wishing to request a Leave of Absence should contact his or her advisor in advance.  If the department supports the leave request, the advisor, Director of Graduate Studies or designated staff person will work with the student to submit the required documentation to COGA.

To return from a Leave of Absence, students must contact the department representative at least two weeks before the start of a semester to file a return request with COGA.

Students who are uncertain about their desire to return to the program, or who are seeking to leave the program for longer periods of time, may instead opt to voluntarily discontinue from the program.  Such students may reapply for the program at a future date, should they decide to return.  In every case, students should discuss their options with his or her advisor.

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