Leave of Absence

During your time in the program, you need to maintain your graduate student status. You do this by registering for courses or officially going on-leave during the academic year. If you fall out of status, you will need to petition for reinstatement.

You can find information about on-leave status on the Graduate School website.


  1. Discuss your plans with your advisor
  2. Apply for on-leave status in MyGrad
  3. Your request will be sent to the department for approval
  4. After your request is approved, return to MyGrad to pay the on-leave fee
  5. Return departmental keys to the main office

Important Points

  • You must request leave quarterly. 
  • On-leave status beyond three consecutive quarters may require a request for extension.
  • Your on-leave status is not official until you pay the fee.
  • You cannot take any exam when you are on-leave.
  • International students should consult the International Student Services Office before going on-leave.