Return to: Enrollment Requirements and Options
Walden University has time limits from initial enrollment to completion of degree program, which are as follows:
- Doctoral students: 8 calendar years
- Master’s and Ed.S. students: 5 calendar years
- Bachelor’s students: 8 years
Time students spend on leave of absence counts toward students’ program length. If students request a leave of absence during a time when their program deadline will expire, they must first file an appeal for an extension of their program deadline and have it approved prior to leave of absence being granted.
For students on military leave of absence, their leave time doesn’t count toward the total time allowed to earn their degree program.
Students need to complete the minimum credit requirements described in their program’s section of the Walden University Catalog.
Continuous Enrollment Policy
The university expects students to be continuously enrolled until the completion of all degree requirements. Students receiving financial aid should consult a financial aid counselor to determine how their enrollment status impacts their eligibility for financial aid and education loan deferment now and in the future.