Beyond the Third Year
The J.S.D. Program is designed to be completed in three years. Because funding is not available after the third year, candidates should plan their time in such a way as to enable completion in three years. However, circumstances may arise that require candidates to continue in the Program after the third year. If this becomes the case, a candidate should notify the J.S.D. Committee in writing no later than June 15 of the third year, and state the reasons for not having completed his or her thesis within three years of enrollment in the program. This request must also include a plan for completion of the degree and a statement of support from the candidate’s supervisor. Requests for extensions of enrollment beyond the first three years will be considered one year at a time only. While those granted extensions are entitled to remain in residency as post-stipendiary candidates, eligibility for the J.S.D. degree expires after five years.