All requirements for a master's or doctoral degree must be completed within seven calendar years unless a specific department requires a different time limitation or the student has been granted a leave of absence for medical or other good reason and the time period for completion extended by the Dean. This period of time is rarely extended. Written application for extension, with full documentation of serious cause, must be made to the chairperson or administrator of the department in which the student is enrolled. Any extension must have the approval of both the department and the appropriate Dean.