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Program Prerequisites

A prerequisite is work that a student must complete to receive a degree but that does not count towards the total graduate credits required to graduate. With the permission of the studentís department or program, prerequisite requirements may be satisfied by courses taken at Temple or elsewhere before matriculation. Credit earned in such courses does not count as transfer credit or towards the nine-credit limit on work taken at Temple before matriculation.

Such courses taken at Temple after matriculation do not count towards the credits required for the degree but are included in the grade point calculation and in determining whether a student meets Temple standards of scholarship.

No Double Counting

No course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirements for two degrees, except where the requirements for one degree are incorporated within the requirements for a second, advanced degree.

For instance, the requirements for a doctoral degree often include those for a masterís degree in the same area.

If, as part of another degree program, a student has taken a course, which is substantially the same as a course that is a prerequisite or requirement for the degree for which the student is currently a candidate, then the faculty of the studentís current program may elect to waive that prerequisite or requirement and substitute another course. This does not reduce the total number of credits required for the degree for which the student is a candidate.


The time period for completing a graduate degree program begins with the semester of matriculation.

Doctoral Degrees

  • All doctoral programs must be completed within seven years.

Masterís Degrees

  • The time limit for completion of masterís degrees varies by program. See the following chart for time limits of other programs.


Time Limits for Completion of Master's Degrees

Ed.M. 4 Years
M.A. 3 Years
M.B.A. 6 Years
M.B.A./M.S. 6 Years


4 Years


5 Years


3 Years

Tyler School

4 Years
M.J. 4 Years
M.L.A. 5 Years
M.M. 6 Years
M.M.T. 6 Years
M.P.H. 4 Years
M.P.T. 6 Years


6 Years

Computer Science

5 Years

Environmental Health

5 Years

Occupational Therapy

6 Years


5 Years

All other M.S.

3 Years
M.S.E. (Engineering) 5 Years
M.S. in Ed. 4 Years
M.S.N. 6 Years
M.S.W. 5 Years
M.T.H.M. 4 Years


Extension of Time

Students who request an extension of time beyond that designated for completion of their graduate degree program (see above) may be subject to departmental reevaluation of their credits earned and examinations passed. Because currency in the field comes into question when the allocated time-to-degree is exceeded, reexamination may be warranted.

Master's Degrees

Schools/Colleges have authority to grant up to one (1) one-year extension of time. Requests for such extensions of time must (a) include a reasonably detailed plan for completing the degree; (b) be endorsed by the graduate studentís adviser and the director of the graduate program; (c) be submitted to the appropriate School/College Deanís Office.

Requests for time beyond the one-year extension granted by the school/college must be submitted to the Graduate School and must be endorsed by the (a) graduate studentís adviser, (b) director of the studentís graduate program, and (c) Assistant/ Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (AADGS) of the graduate studentís school or college; include a plan for completing the degree, as well as rationale for (a) why the extension should be granted, (b) why the graduate student has been unable to complete the degree, and (c) why the graduate student believes he or she will complete the degree at this time; be approved by the Graduate School.

Semesters during which a graduate student is on a leave of absence count against the time-to-degree requirement.

Doctoral Degrees

Schools/Colleges have authority to grant extensions to the time limit for doctoral degree completion by a maximum of three years. Requests must follow the same guidelines as the "Masterís Degrees." See above.

Every request for an extension of time also must include the following: (a) a detailed, realistic plan for completing the degree within the time period covered in the request; (b) specific dates by which remaining course work, examinations, and chapters of dissertations are to be completed; (c) previous requests for extensions of time and explanations of why plans could not be met; (d) a written record of the studentís Doctoral Advisory Committeeís annual meeting.

All requests for extensions of time must be (a) approved in writing at the department/program level; (b) endorsed in writing by the AADGSís office; (c) forwarded by the AADGS to the Graduate School.

Semesters during which a graduate student is on a leave of absence count against the time-to-degree requirement.