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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 3.0 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 semesters, 15 hours in spring semesters, and 12 hours in summer terms. Graduate students with assistantships may enroll in a maximum of 12 hours in fall semesters, 12 hours in spring semesters, and 9 hours in summer terms. 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 program and the Dean of the Graduate School, or designee.


Approved by Chancellor effective 3/30/18

This policy was issued on June 5, 2018, replacing the April 7, 2015 version.
Document Reference: 1L1
Origin: AAT 111; OP 10/7/91; GR 13/14-06; OC 2/4/15; GR 17/18-09

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