Choice of Catalog and Time Limit
A degree-seeking graduate student may obtain a degree in accordance with the requirements set forth in the catalog in force at the time the student completes the first graduate level course at Winthrop which counts toward the degree. The student may elect to obtain a degree in accordance with the requirements of any catalog issued after the initial admission, provided the student completed a graduate level course in the current program at Winthrop at the time the catalog was issued and has not subsequently been absent from active enrollment in the program for a continuous period of 12 months or more.
When a student has been absent from active enrollment in his/her graduate program for a period of 12 months or more, he/she must fulfill the graduation requirements of the catalog in force at the time of the student’s next (or subsequent) completion of a graduate-level course in the current program at Winthrop.
A student who changes graduate degree programs may choose a catalog no earlier than the one in effect at the time of official admission into the new program (if the student is enrolled at the time), or the catalog under which the student next enrolls. The catalog chosen must be one under which the student completes a graduate-level course at Winthrop, which counts toward the degree.
In all cases, a student is restricted in choice to the requirements of one specific catalog and must graduate within a period of 6 years from the date the catalog was issued to claim the rights of that catalog. All work to be counted on the degree, including transfer work, must be completed within the 6-year period immediately prior to the conferring of the degree.
If any course required in the catalog specified is not offered after the student specifying the catalog has accumulated 18 semester hours, the University reserves the right to substitute another course. In all cases, if a course has been officially dropped from the course offerings, the University must provide a substitute course.