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Academic Leave of Absence

Submitting a request

Students are able to request a leave of absence from their academic program. They should first notify their advisor of their request and then inform the Director of Graduate Studies. For doctoral candidates (those who have successfully completed their comprehensive examination and have filed a D3 in the Graduate School), they must also submit their request to the Graduate School. The request should come in the form of a: (a) support letter directly from the Director of Graduate Studies of the student’s academic program, and (b) the request from the student that outlines the need for a leave and the requested length of the leave. Doctoral candidates must be continuously enrolled (2 hours for fall or spring semester, 1 hour for summer). However, students with an approved leave of absence will not be required to “make up” the credit hours missed during the leave. As with all students, they are responsible for completing the number of credit hours and milestones required for the degree upon return.

Students who are attending MU with a F-1 Student visa or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa are strongly encouraged to consult in advance with the International Center about their plans if they are considering a leave of absence. Students enrolled in the University’s student health insurance plan should consult the insurance company and/or the Graduate Medical Insurance Subsidy Program staff member in the Graduate School prior to the start of their leave.

Re-entry process

Before the completion of the leave of absence, the student must notify the academic program’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and the Graduate School so that the re-entry process can be initiated.