Academic Progress and Graduation

University Policy

School of Education Policy

Time Limits on Completion of a Degree/Certificate

Undergraduate Students

Bachelor’s degree candidates are allowed seven years from the date of admission to complete degree requirements. Courses taken more than seven years before the date of graduation are not counted toward the bachelor’s degree.

Leaves of absence do not extend the seven-year limit.

Graduate Students

Master of Education (EdM ), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Mathematics for Teaching (MMT), and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) candidates are allowed six years from the date of admission to complete degree or certificate requirements. Courses taken more than six years before the date of graduation are not counted toward the degree or certificate.

Doctoral (EdD and PhD) candidates are allowed seven years from the date of admission to complete all degree requirements. Courses taken more than seven years before graduation do not count toward the degree.

Consideration of extensions beyond the six-year limit for EdM, MAT, and CAGS students and the seven-year limit for EdD and PhD students occurs only through a formal petition procedure. Leaves of absence do not extend the six- or seven-year limit.

Students who fail to register for consecutive semesters without first notifying the School of Education about their intention to withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University will be administratively withdrawn from their program. Students may petition to be reinstated following an administrative withdrawal. To begin the petition process, students should contact the Student Records office, Room 115, the semester prior to the student’s intended return.

Residency Requirement

Doctoral Students

The residency requirement may be met by being enrolled full time in coursework (12 credits or more) for two consecutive semesters (including Summer Term or terms as one semester) or by holding a research or teaching assistant position or being employed at Boston University 35 hours or more per week and registering for a minimum of 8 credit hours for two consecutive semesters. For additional information, contact your academic advisor.

Applying for Graduation

For information on academic standards and progress toward degree, please visit the Academic Standards section of this Bulletin. Graduation applications are located online on the SED Graduation Website. Students must apply for graduation according to the following deadlines:

  • February 1 for May graduation
  • June 1 for September graduation
  • November 1 for January graduation

Tentative September graduates who wish to have their names listed in the May Commencement program prior to their graduation or to march in Commencement prior to receiving their degrees must submit petitions and graduation applications for September by February 1. Students may pick up the appropriate petition in the SED Student Records office, Room 115, or you can download these forms from our website.

Undergraduate Students

A Declaration of Intent to Graduate form, as well as a Senior Plan form, must be submitted to the SED Student Records Office, Room 115, one calendar year in advance of the intended date of graduation. You can download these forms from our website.