Leaves of Absence
Graduate students may apply for a leave of absence of no more than two semesters. If the student has not yet been admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, this request must be approved in advance by the graduate adviser. See the Authorization for Leave of Absence (.pdf) (for master's students and doctoral students not in candidacy). Granting leaves of absence for students not in candidacy is left to the discretion of the graduate adviser and Graduate Studies Committee. The only rule is that the decision be made "in the best interests of the academic progress of the student" and the form must be returned to the Graduate School in advance of the semester for which a leave is granted.
If the student has been admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the application for a leave must be petitioned in advance by the graduate adviser to the graduate dean and will be approved only in rare and unusual circumstances. See Petition for Leave of Absence (.pdf) form (for doctoral students in candidacy). The form must be accompanied by a letter from the graduate adviser to the dean of the Graduate School specifying the reasons a leave is being requested.
A student on an approved leave may reenter the graduate program by filing an Application for Readmission with the Graduate and International Admissions Center. No readmission application fee is required. Failure to secure a leave of absence in advance of the semester for which a student will be on leave means (1) the student will not be guaranteed readmission and, (2) the student will be assessed an application fee for readmission.
A student on leave may not use any university facilities nor is the student entitled to receive advice from any member of the faculty. A leave of absence does not alter the time limits for degrees or course work.