Time Limit, Expiration of Credits, and Rematriculation
The normal time limit for completion of a St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute Master’s Degree program is eight years from the date of enrollment in the first EI course. The normal time limit for completion of a certificate program (other than the CAS) is three years from the date of enrollment in the certificate program or the first EI course applied to the certificate program. The normal time limit for completion of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is five years from the date of enrollment in the certificate program or the first EI course applied to the certificate program (excluding advanced-standing credits). Petitions for extension are considered only for students with extenuating circumstances. Students simultaneously enrolled in two certificate or two degree programs have slightly longer time limits for the completion of their programs (see under How to Apply).
Students admitted in a Master’s Degree or certificate program lose their admission status if they allow four terms, including summer, to pass without taking a course, unless they petition the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing for a leave of absence. Students wishing to reenter a program after a loss of matriculation must reapply to the program and demonstrate a commitment to its completion.
Credits earned from EI courses ordinarily expire after 10 years, whether or not the student took the courses as a matriculated degree or certificate candidate. Students who have required-course credits that expire must ordinarily repeat the course(s) for which the credits were earned. Expired elective-course credits may be replaced with another elective in the same department. Only one grade (the most recent) for each repeated course will be counted in a student’s final GPA.