This program is designed for graduate students who need additional time to prepare for their Comprehensive Exam or Thesis/Project. For additional questions and to gain approval to register, please contact the SDSU Graduate Division office 619-594-5213.

This program is designed exclusively for graduate students currently studying at San Diego State University.

Need some more time to finish your graduate studies at SDSU? Our Thesis Extension program is designed to help you get the additional time you need to prepare for your Comprehensive Exam or Thesis/Project.


Thesis Extension for Plan A (Thesis)

If you’re a Plan A master’s student completing a thesis, you’ll need to be registered in either 799A or 799B when you submit your thesis to Montezuma Publishing for publication. 799B is a thesis extension course designed for students who were unable to submit their thesis while registered for 799A.

Thesis Extension for Plan B (Non-Thesis)

If you’re a Plan B master’s student who’s preparing for a comprehensive exam, project, or other culminating experience in your final semester, you’ll need to register for 799C in order to take advantage of your extension.  Enrolling in 799C is optional in nearly all master’s programs.


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INT S 0799B Thesis Extension    
INT S 0799C Comprehensive Examination    

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Cost and Registration Deadlines

Course Dates: Jan. 18-May 11, 2023

Cost per Course: $975

Early registration: Jan. 31, 2023

Late registration (with $25 Late Fee): April 21, 2023

Deadline to Drop (with 65% refund*): Feb. 1, 2023

Deadline to Withdraw (NO refund): April 21, 2023

If you’d like to register or withdraw from the Thesis Extension program after April 21, you’ll need to submit an SDSU Global Campus Petition for Special Consideration.

*All credit refunds are subject to a $21 administrative charge plus ASB/student fees will be deducted after your first class session. Registration or withdrawal after deadline dates is by petition only for serious and compelling reasons.

How to Register

To gain approval to register, or if you have any additional questions, please contact SDSU Graduate and Research Affairs by calling 619-594-5213 or emailing You can also visit their office on SDSU’s campus at Student Services East, Room 1410.

After gaining approval from SDSU Graduate Division, you can register either online, in person, or via mail.

Online Registration

Upon receiving approval for your extension, you’ll be eligible to register and pay for either 799B or 799C through my.SDSU.

In-Person/Mail Registration

To register in person or via mail, please complete and print an SDSU Global Campus Registration Form. You’ll need to bring or mail the completed form to the SDSU Global Campus Registration Office, located at the following address:

SDSU Gateway Center Building, Hardy Avenue Entrance
5250 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182

About the College of Graduate Studies

SDSU’s College of Graduate Studies provides leadership and support to scholars engaged in over 100 master’s, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs at San Diego State University. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students across the sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences, arts, education, and business, our team strives to ensure the integrity and high quality of graduate degrees, and facilitate their timely completion.


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INT S 0799B Thesis Extension
Registration in any semester or term following assignment of RP in Course 799A in which the student expects to use the facilities and resources of the university; also the student must be registered in the course when the completed thesis or project is granted final approval.

Prerequisites: Prior registration in Thesis 799A with an assigned grade symbol of RP

Format: Online

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INT S 0799C Comprehensive Examination
Enrollment in 799C (0 units) is intended solely for those graduate students who have completed all degree requirements except for the comprehensive examination (Plan B) option. Enrollment in 799C is not necessary if a student is enrolled in other coursework during the semester they take the comprehensive examination. Enrollment in 799C is limited to two semesters.

Format: Online

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