Leave of Absence

Graduate Degree Students

A leave of absence may be approved for up to two semesters by submitting the Leave of Absence form to the student's program. If the leave extends beyond two semesters, students must apply for readmission. While on leave, students may not attend other colleges or universities without written permission from the program's Academic Director. Credit earned while on leave will not be accepted toward the degree or certificate unless prior approval has been obtained. In order to be granted a leave of absence, a student must be in good academic standing. A leave of absence cannot be used to avoid the consequences of poor academic performance or to circumvent a disciplinary procedure. If the request is made during the term and the student is registered, the request will be processed in accordance with the Refund Policy.

Note that taking a leave of absence can impact the student loan repayment timeline. Students who have an outstanding federal student loan or loan deferral for their undergraduate and/or graduate studies should contact the Office of Financial Aid before requesting a leave of absence to ensure that they understand the full financial impact.