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Graduate Student Course Loads - 1L1

During the academic year, full-time enrollment for graduate students consists of enrollment for 9 or more credits in graduate-level courses. The maximum course load, except as described on the chart below, is 15 credits. Students holding appointments as graduate assistants are considered as full-time if they enroll in a minimum of 6 credits of graduate-level course work. During the summer term, full-time status requires a minimum course load of 3 credits for all students. The maximum course load, except as described on the chart, is 10 credits. Course load maxima and minima for special circumstances are as follows:

Fall & Spring Semesters 10 Week Summer Term
Maximum Minimum Maximum Minimum
Graduate Assistantships

12

6

6

3

Full Veteran's Benefits

15

9

10

3

Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

15

*

10

*

* Refer to conditions of award.

A graduate student must enroll in courses bearing graduate credit in order to meet the stated minima. Enrollment in all work taken for credit counts toward the maximum credit that can be accumulated in a single academic term. Audit work does not qualify in meeting the minima; however, audit work is calculated in determining a student's maximum course load.

Exceptions to these maxima and minima are possible only with the written permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Approved by Chancellor effective 10/7/91
This policy was issued on April 4, 2000, replacing the February 1, 1996 version.
Document Reference: 1L1
Origin: AAT 111; OP 10/7/91