Matriculation and Leave of Absence
Maintenance of Matriculation
A degree or advanced certificate can only be awarded to a student who has been continuously matriculated for each Fall and Spring term since entering the program. In order to be matriculated, for each Fall and Spring term students must either:
Register for at least one credit-bearing course,
Pay the maintenance of matriculation fee (approximately $500 — must be confirmed with the NYU Bursar's Office).
Students should first discuss their situation with their program advisor. Students who determine they will need to maintain matriculation should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their request. Students who receive Wagner School merit scholarship aid and maintain matriculation must contact email@example.com to inquire about how the time away will affect their scholarship aid. Students must contact the NYU Student Health Insurance office to learn more about the duration of health insurance while maintaining matriculation. Students are responsible for knowing how their health insurance coverage may be affected by a maintenance of matriculation.
Doctoral students are reminded that they must maintain matriculation while completing their dissertation research and writing. Continuous matriculation may be met in the following ways: 1) registering for a normal course load or 2) enrolling in Research in Progress, PHD-GP 5901.
Students who fail to maintain matriculation must apply for readmission. Applications for readmission will be evaluated on the basis of the standards used to evaluate new applicants for admission. Readmitted students must satisfy all the degree requirements and procedures in effect at the time of readmission.
Time to Completion Requirement
Students must complete degree requirements in force at the time of their initial enrollment: five years for master’s degree students and seven to ten years for doctoral students. The time to complete degree requirements includes any semester(s) for which students pay maintenance of matriculation or take a leave of absence.
Leave of Absence
Matriculated students in good standing who need to take a leave of absence from school should consult with their program advisor.
Students may request a leave of absence for national service, serious illness or medical condition (such as significant surgery, recent or expected childbirth, etc.), or for personal or financial reasons. A leave of absence should requested prior to the semester in which the leave is taken, if possible. The student must submit a request for a Leave of Absence via Albert Student Center. Students granted a leave of absence are still required to complete all degree requirements within the specified time of initial enrollment (masters' students within 5 years; doctoral students within 7-10 years). A leave can be for a maximum of two academic semesters; for MHA students this includes the summer term. A leave does not extend the specific time period for obtaining a degree.
Students who receive Wagner scholarship aid and who take a leave for a semester must contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about how the leave will affect their scholarship aid.
Students must contact the NYU Student Health Insurance office to learn more about the duration of health insurance while on a leave of absence. Students are responsible for knowing how their health insurance coverage may be affected by a leave of absence.
Any student who has not enrolled in courses for two consecutive academic semesters, including the summer term for MHA students, will not be allowed to continue to maintain matriculation or be on a leave of absence. In the term immediately after two terms of inactivity, a student must enroll in courses without exception. If not, the student is required to apply for readmission to Wagner for future matriculation. Students should be aware of the admission timetable in advance, so that if reapplication is necessary, they can apply in time for their targeted admit date.