GUIDELINES: PETITION TO EXTEND TIME LIMIT When formulating a petition to extend the time limit for a PhD degree, please include the following information: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) Date of admission to the program. Date of successful qualifying / comprehensive exam. Date of successful thesis proposal. Expected date of thesis defense. A specific list of items completed and remaining to be completed prior to defense, with a timeline. An explanation of the extenuating circumstances requiring a delay in completion of the degree. A list of publications resulting from the thesis work. Source of funding for remaining PhD studies. Career plans after graduation. The petition must be accompanied by an approved plan of study and current transcript, as well as letters of support for the petition from the thesis adviser and department chair.