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Graduate Student Course Loads - 1L1

The normal academic load for graduate students is 9 credit hours in graduate-level courses per semester. Full-time status is defined by the following academic load:

 

Fall/Spring Summer
Graduate Graduate (w/Assistantship) Graduate Graduate (w/Assistantship)
Full-Time Minimum of 9.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses Minimum of 6.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses Minimum of 3.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses Minimum of 3.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses
3/4 Time (75%) Minimum of 7.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses Graduate students with fewer than 6.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses are typically ineligible for Assistantships. Minimum of 2.5 credit hours in graduate-level courses Graduate students with fewer than 3.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses are typically ineligible for Assistantships.
Half-Time Minimum of 5.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses Minimum of 2.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses
Less Than Half-Time Fewer than 5.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses Fewer than 2.0 credit hours in graduate-level courses

 
Graduate students may enroll in a maximum of 15 hours in fall and spring semesters or 10 hours in summer term. Graduate students with assistantships may enroll in a maximum of 12 hours in the fall and spring semesters. A graduate student must enroll in courses bearing graduate credit in order to meet the stated minima. 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 the Graduate School, or designee.


Approved by Chancellor effective 2/4/15

This policy was issued on April 7, 2015, replacing the August 25, 2014 version.
Document Reference: 1L1
Origin: AAT 111; OP 10/7/91; GR 13/14-06; OC 2/4/15

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